VLN stands for virtual learning network. A VLN is a community that connects the teachers and the students over different learning platforms. It joins the groups of students, teachers, and individuals engaged in online programs using technology to support the learning curriculum. VLN also connects educators meeting for conferences, webinars, and lectures along with the participants for the same. A virtual learning network provides a practice space or serves as a platform for all educators to collaborate, communicate and share their ideas.
The advantage of the VLN is that it breaks all geographical boundaries and bridges the digital divide. All the recent advancements in technology, it has made learning easier and cost-effective. It is a boon for the education community. Remote learning has become a quintessential feature of education in turbulent times today.
For example, New Zealand’s VLN was built with an aim to establish an online environment for supporting asynchronous and synchronous learning across New Zealand in the Learning Action Plan for Schools in 2006-2010. Its objective was to enhance the learning abilities of the teaching staff, the learners, the education providers, and make them better equipped with new tools like video conferencing, online learning, and technology lead environments for education.