Increasingly, schools, especially universities, have set up their own virtual learning platforms. These learning platforms provide students and teachers access to various information and resources within and outside the school. Thus, they enable more effective communication and management between students and teachers. According to Becta, learning platforms are not just "a single 'off the shelf' product but a collection of tools that are designed to support teaching, learning, management and administration (Becta, 2007)."
Example: IVLE in NUS, Singapore
- Provides online webcast lectures
- Provides easy access to the library's eResources
- Provides important messages from University Administration
- Enables lecturers share their teaching materials and provide lesson plan for students
- Allows students to submit their homework and assignments for assessment
- Provides forums for students and teachers to discuss on various topics
- Other tools: such as gradebook, consultation, organizer
- Also provides virtual environment for communities.