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November 27, 2008

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Seeing Steve Wheeler’s Emporer’s New clothes blog post reminded me of a little something we produced many years ago - now rebadged as The Vice Chancellor’s new VLE. Thanks to the wonder of Google Desktop I was able to find the original from about 8 years ago based on the experiences we had in about 1996 when I was working with Mark Stone on the development of PILL - the Plymouth Internet Learning Lab (sadly defunct, and I wish at the time I’d known we had done).


I’ve updated it slightly but this was produced at a time when the VLE was seen to be a general panacea to Teaching and Learning and written after sitting through endless pitches and presentations from solution providers.


 THE VC’S NEW VLE

(with many apologies to Hans Christian Anderson)


Once upon a time there lived a Vice Chancellor  whose only worry in life was to have elegant Teaching and Learning policies. He changed strategies almost every week and loved to show them off to his people.


Word of the VC’s refined habits spread over his kingdom and beyond. Two scoundrels in the Computing Services Department who had heard of the VC’s vanity decided to take advantage of it. They introduced themselves at the VC’s sumptuous chancellory building with a scheme in mind.


We are two very good software experts and after many years of research we have invented an extraordinary method to deliver teaching materials so quickly and efficiently that the process looks invisible. As a matter of fact it is invisible to anyone who is too stupid and incompetent to appreciate its quality.”


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