Sunday, May 3, 2009

Mobile Apps For Virtual Learning Environments


I am greatly interested in learning of the availability of mobile apps that interface with any/all Virtual Learning Environments.

As defined in Wikipedia
"A virtual learning environment (VLE) is a software system designed to support teaching and learning in an educational setting, as distinct from a Managed Learning Environment (MLE) where the focus is on management.

A VLE will normally work over the Internet and provide a collection of tools such as those for assessment (particularly of types that can be marked automatically, such as multiple choice), communication, uploading of content, return of students' work, peer assessment, administration of student groups, collecting and organizing student grades, questionnaires, tracking tools, etc. New features in these systems include wikis, blogs, RSS and 3D virtual learning spaces.

While originally created for distance education, VLEs are now most often used to supplement traditional face to face classroom activities, commonly known as Blended Learning."

The better known systems include Sakai (Open Source), Moodle Open source), Blackboard and WebCT.

BTW: I've just learned that Blackboard released a free application (Blackboard Learn™) for the iPhone/iTouch last month.


"Blackboard Learn for the Apple iPhone and iPod touch is an application that lets users receive notifications of changes and updates to their Blackboard courses and organizations in their iPhone or iPod touch mobile device.

These include updates on new Assignments, Course Content, Study Group updates, Community Discussions, even Grades.

>>End Users<<

See Also

Blackboard Learn™ for Apple iPhone and iPod Touch

If You Use Any Mobile App Or Are Aware Of Such Apps For Any Type Of Virtual Learning Environment, Please Comment On This Blog Entry.




  1. We're working on a 3D environment for the iPhone that allows users to interact with a virtual device against a task analysis. I'd be happy to talk to you about it over email. (kris.rockwell at


  2. Er, Google iPhone App ties in to your GoogleApps account for mail and calendaring (free SMSs too) and lets you view AND EDIT your online documents that you have shared. Did I mention that GoogleApps is free for Education users?
    Everything you wanted a VLE to be, without having to change the way you think, or make students learn some weird way to work that has no parallel in the real-world.


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