Thursday, 1 October 2020.
30 September 2007 - After a few years of small-scale pilots, the Kuwait English School virtual learning environment is formally open. The site uses Moodle, the leading open-source VLE; to enable approximately 1000 students and staff to share resources and information.
In this section, I shall be adding a number of short articles to give some background information on the projects at this site and an insight into the educational philosophy that underpins the work here.
Risk Management and VLEs
What would you do if your place of work was closed indefiitely and you had to be urgently relocated several thousand miles away from your customers and colleagues?
For some of us, this is not a hypothetical question. It is a prospect that has been faced by a number of international schools around the world in recent years
A Range of Risks
Although terrorism is an obvious threat, it is not the only one that may need to be considered.
Bird flu - or any other pandemic could lead to a situation where a country's Ministry of Education might order the closure of schools in order to reduce the transmission rate of a highly contagious, potentially life-threatening virus.
Natural disasters including flooding, could render a school building unusable for a prolonged period; with little hope of finding suitable replacement accommodation locally.
Fortunately, a virtual learning environment can go a long way in meeting the needs of a school community forced to relocate in trying circumstances such as these.
Far from being a fad or luxury; given the alternative prospect of a school that cannot function when faced by challenging circumstances; a VLE can be seen as a prudent investment in securing an institution's future viability in uncertain times such as these.