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Not virtual

Posted on: September 11, 2020

I take issue with the popular press referring to “virtual learning” and some sectors calling their platforms virtual learning environments (VLEs). This might sound trite, but “virtual” is not the same as “online”.

Virtual means not real or not really there. It could also mean close but not quite there. Virtual reality comprises of artificially constructed artefacts that mimic reality but are distinct from it. So why would anyone want learning or a platform to not be real or not be quite there?

If you mean learning that is enabled online, call it online learning. If there is a system that facilitates such experiences, call it an online learning system. Is that too difficult?

Words hold meaning and it is not too late to jump aboard the online learning bus.

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