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Virtual Learning Tools

The concept of virtual learning tools is complex and relies on the background of the reader for interpretation. Applications ranging from spreadsheets, databases, concept mapping tools, and collaboration tools to course management systems have been used as learning tools in virtual learning environments. This entry identifies the purpose of virtual learning tools and presents examples of where these tools can be used.

The purpose of virtual learning tools is to facilitate learning in a distributed environment where the learners and the teachers do not have to be in the same location or even meet at the same time. The learning objectives are, however, the same whether the learners are in a distributed or location-bound environment. For example, if a course is designed to teach learners how ...

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