Wow. According to the BBC, Ofsted have produced a hard-hitting assessment on the costs (high) and benefits (err, very few apparently) of the VLEs that we are all supposed to be purchasing.
Some of the quotes:
- The use of online materials to help students with their lessons has been "slow to take off".
- In many schools and colleges VLEs are still on a "cottage industry" scale.
- The benefits to learners are so far "not yet obvious".
- "Despite expectations", dating back some 3 or 4 years, the arrival of these online support services for learners are "still in the early stages of development".