Using Sharepoint as a VLE

Have you considered Sharepoint in the role of a VLE?  I know that some universities are already doing this either with bespoke development, using the SharePoint Learning Kit (SLK) from or just out of the box functionality.  I’ve been working with a partner, eLearningforce, which has created SharePointLMS.  There’s an excellent blog article here which talks about the fact that SharePoint might be the last server you’ll ever buy :


Take a look at the table comparing functionality with other VLE products on the market.  The great thing about using Sharepoint as a VLE is that pretty much every university, in the UK at least, is licensed for staff already so this becomes a matter of getting more functionality and value out of existing and familiar technology.  I’ve often been asked to help a university write a business case for Sharepoint.  A starting point could be to look at how much is currently spent on funding the licensing and/or maintainance of the institutional VLE and then look at the compartitive costs of SharePoint.

Comments (4)

  1. What table?

    Stephen Arnold seaky2000 at yahoo dot com

  2. QueensID says:

    We’re using SharePoint as an LMS. Because this is not common in the US, I would like to reach out to others who are using SP in a similar fashion. Maybe we can exchange ideas/best practices.

  3. Dominic says:

    Hi, there is a small but growing number in the UK, try to reach the likes of Plymouth.