I thought, whist in Vienna, I would attend this parallel as the last session of the day to see how two universities in Vienna are using e-learning.
The university law faculty is one of the oldest and largest faculties in Europe, with an e-learning strategy in place since 2005 for blended learning, or bLearning. As the law in action involves human interaction, this strategy aims to keep legal education based largely on human interactions too.
E-learning tools have helped with administration, facilitated communication between students in a more intelligent way than previous email systems, and the dissemination of exam results. The key notions of the strategy are:
1. Law literacy - which may be delivered online and remotely
2. Law knowledge - to be provided on campus in real time and face to face
The official platform is Fronter (review in German), with Moodle used as a secondary alternative platform. This VLE is also used for induction, exchange students, international seminars/papers and exams as well as the typical teaching materials.
E-learning at the more modern Vienna University of Economics and Business was also discussed - in particular the advent of web2.0 and social media tools such as user-driven content (wikipedia), OER sites (iTunes), and social networks (facebook). Strategies have been developed to take account of these technologies and develop their own VLE platform Learn@WU based upon open-source technologies The website offers quite a wealth of information about the VLE in English.