A virtual learning environment (VLE) is a web-based platform that can both support and enhance teaching and learning. This may be done face-to-face, fully online or a mixture of the two (blended). Most universities have (at least) one VLE and use it for a range of purposes, including sharing learning materials, delivering and supporting learning activities, supplying course information, conducting and managing assessment, communicating with students and supporting collaborative (group) work. A key benefit of VLEs is that they are designed to present resources, activities and interactions within a course structure, and to organise students and staff into cohorts, groups and roles. Many are integrated with other University systems in order to obtain that course and user information.
The majority of departments, faculties and schools within the collegiate University use WebLearn, while some use another VLE such as Moodle.