Now BECTA has gone, do we NEED to have a VLE? Remote Desktop Services instead?
From what I gather, lots of schools have invested in VLEs purely based on BECTA telling them they needed one by 2010 (or whatever the date was). I have spoken to many schools and what I hear time and time again is, yes we have a VLE but nobody uses it. Maybe I'm wrong - i'm hoping you guys can let me know.
We still haven't got our sharepoint up and running yet and I am now debating if it is at all necessary. I am fairly confident it will only get used as a glorified 'public drive' no matter how much we insist. Plus, i'm still really not that impressed at the benefits and webparts available.
My new idea is to actually just give our Public Drive an overhaul (new structuring etc. or maybe even a basic sharepoint install) and concentrate on getting Remote Desktop Services (server 2008) implemented. I see more benefits in students being able to access their files from home - but also the programs they need.
Art set some work in Photoshop. The majority of students don't have Photoshop at home so are restricted to using it in school time. If they remote in, they can access their files in the user area AND run photoshop - from home!
Just think, all those weird and wonderful apps, the specialist departmental software that has been on the network for years and can only be used in school time - now available at home 24/7!
What are your thoughts - be brutal?!? How many others out there doing the same? Is a VLE a dead duck?