Design Characteristics of Virtual Learning Environments: An Expert Study

14 Pages Posted: 24 Aug 2010

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Daniel Mueller

Saarland University

Stefan Strohmeier

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Abstract

Virtual learning environments (VLE) constitute the current information systems' (IS) category for electronically supported corporate training and development. Frequently supposed advantages of using VLE refer, for instance, to the efficiency, individuality, ubiquity, timeliness and task orientation of learning. However, a crucial precondition of realizing such advantages is an appropriate systems design. Hence, the question which specific design characteristics actually characterize successful VLE is of specific interest for training and development practice. This paper therefore addresses design characteristics by conducting an expert study that is based on a general theory of IS success and previous insights of the literature. As a result, a set of relevant, well-defined design characteristics is presented and discussed while implications for research and practice are derived.

Suggested Citation

Mueller, Daniel and Strohmeier, Stefan, Design Characteristics of Virtual Learning Environments: An Expert Study. International Journal of Training and Development, Vol. 14, Issue 3, pp. 209-222, September 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1662095 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2419.2010.00353.x

Daniel Mueller

Saarland University ( email )

Stadtwald
Saarbrucken, Saarland D-66123
Germany

Stefan Strohmeier

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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