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ERIC Number: EJ940352
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0360-1315
Design Characteristics of Virtual Learning Environments: State of Research
Mueller, Daniel; Strohmeier, Stefan
Computers & Education, v57 n4 p2505-2516 Dec 2011
Virtual learning environments constitute current information systems' category for electronically supported training and development in (higher) education(al) and vocational training settings. Frequently expected advantages of using virtual learning environments refer, for instance, to the efficiency, individuality, ubiquity, timeliness and learning task orientation. However, a crucial precondition of realising such advantages is an appropriate system design. Hence, the question "Which specific design characteristics actually characterise successful virtual learning environments?" is of specific interest for training and development practice. This paper therefore discusses virtual learning environments' design characteristics by conducting an in-depth literature review. Based on this, a comprehensive set of diverse design characteristics of virtual learning environments as well as particular information associated with them are elicited, presented and discussed. Beyond this, particular implications for research and practice are derived. This may contribute to a successful development, implementation and (continuous) improvement/evaluation of virtual learning environments. (Contains 8 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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