VLE Battlelines Drawn: #O365 vs. #GAFE

There’s a bit of a “cool’ war happening in education these days. Teachers are doing the unthinkable: they’re taking corporate sides! What was once considered selling-out, now seems to have considerable educational cache. Apple-Google-Microsoft “Certified” seems to carry more weight than even your education degree! This isn’t necessarily a bad thing; it’s just a very different thing, and one that takes some getting used to. Learners are living in a very different time after all and our education system should reflect this changing environment. The fact that teachers are voraciously defending their Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) of choice is one good indicator that things are moving in a progressive direction for modern learners.

Recently, I was blessed to spend an entire summer day chatting about this very thing with a group of freshly minted Ontario educators (@MsKarapici; @MsMarino; @SmithWjasmith; @MMkirsti; @EFTeacher6; @NadineTFrancoi1; @jdsouza19326; @MsMedeiros112 ) and one serious long-time educational technology guru, @AddesaAT. We looked at GAFE and O365 and here’s our working summary of the key features of each VLE. You may find this overview valuable when choosing your VLE camp! Stay tuned for updates!  I’m thinking a O365 or GAFE soccer scarf might be a necessary accessory in any future discussions!

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Amidst all this VLE chatter, it’s valuable to note that learning management systems, like D2L, are quickly becoming obsolete. The only thing that D2L has that O365 or GAFE doesn’t have (yet) is the ability to apply a Turnitin authenticity checker on student submissions. I’ll save the topic of “intellectual property” as it relates to notions of collusion versus collaboration, for another post!

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