A virtual learning environment (VLE) is a virtual space for providers to upload resources, assessments and knowledge to aid the learner journey. Functional skills resources can be uploaded into your VLE, but have you thought about how to encourage learner engagement using a VLE?

Testing understanding

How many of you over the past months, especially given the remote learning settings, have delivered a training session and thought, I wonder how much of that the learner has actually taken in? Were they even engaged during my remote delivery?

With a VLE you can encourage learner engagement by tracking their understanding through short assessments. This not only helps you to identify gaps in the knowledge of your learners but ensures that learners are listening and understanding.

Mobile learning

In today’s society, everyone is looking for convenience, whether it be in day-to-day life or learning. 55% of Gen Z spend more than five hours on their mobile devices, most learners will now want the option to learn on-the-go, which means having a mobile-friendly VLE is vital to encourage learner engagement.

Learners can complete assessments without the need for a desktop application, meaning they can complete assessments wherever and whenever it’s convenient to them.

Immediate feedback

Think about assessments you’ve taken in the past, where you’ve then had to agonisingly wait for your test results – with a VLE you don’t have to. Assessments are marked instantaneously, providing learners with feedback as soon as they’ve completed. Without the need to wait and the additional stress, learners are more likely to engage with the assessments – where they can know they’ve passed or failed, before asking for support if required.

You can even attach resources to the assessment for those who need to review the course content before resitting a test should they fail.

Measure distance travelled

During the duration of a course, it’s a good idea to monitor the distance travelled by your learner through assessments – why not use a VLE for this? From initial assessment through to end point assessment, set your learner exams to ensure they are ready to move onto their next unit or stage of learning.

Monitoring distance travelled is also a great way to ensure your learner is ready to be moved forward for their end point assessment and eliminates a higher risk of failure, as they are only submitted once fully prepared.

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