The Key Characteristics and Benefits of a Virtual Learning Environment

A virtual learning environment (VLE) is a collaborative platform that enables better learning delivery. Useful for all types of schools and organizations, it helps educators perform their jobs more efficiently and at the same time allows students and trainees to do their schoolwork from anywhere. A VLE features all sorts of resources, including training, activities, interactions, and assessments. For a complete solution, you may interface with or integrate your other school systems with a VLE.

Expectations for a Virtual Learning Environment

Today’s VLE has been transformed by rapid technological advances and is often characterized by:

Typical Features of a Virtual Learning Environment

A VLE can include many different things, with the more common features being:

Pros and Cons of a Virtual Learning Environment

The advantages of using a VLE are many. A good VLE can:

On the other hand, a VLE could have disadvantages because it:

Benefits of Using a Cloud-Hosted vs Self-Hosted Learning Management System (LMS)

While the term learning management system (LMS) is often used interchangeably with VLE, there is a major difference between the two. An LMS is geared towards a behaviorist approach to education and often used in business. A VLE, on the other hand, is constructivist in nature and often used in schools.

You can host an LMS on the cloud or self-host it using your own server. With a cloud-hosted LMS, a third-party service provider manages and maintains your LMS. A self-hosted LMS requires you to buy hardware that needs to be maintained by your IT staff.

A cloud-hosted LMS enjoys several advantages over a self-hosted LMS, including:

Parallels RAS Helps Manage IT Infrastructures with Different Deployment Models

Parallels® Remote Application Server (RAS) is a remote working solution that supports multiple deployment models, including on-premises, public cloud, hybrid and hyperconverged approaches. It is ideal for use if you want to deploy your LMS using any of these approaches.

In an on-premises or private cloud deployment model, Parallels RAS can be rolled out on either physical servers or virtual machines. This approach is ideal for organizations that prefer direct control over their datacenters.

If you prefer deploying your LMS on a public cloud, you can deploy Parallels RAS on either Microsoft Azure or Amazon Web Services (AWS).

You can also use Parallels RAS in a hybrid infrastructure that uses a combination of datacenters on-premises and on the public cloud. It’s also possible to use a hyperconverged infrastructure where storage is implemented virtually.

No matter what cloud deployment model you use, Parallels RAS centralizes the management of the IT infrastructure, making it easier to secure and maintain, whilst providing staff and students with access to their applications and desktops from any location.

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