In 2011, I had a quick look at the use of VLE systems (e.g., Blackboard/WebCT, Moodle and Sakai) in the UK universities. The list of universities in the UK referred to a resource from Wikipedia. The list has been changing since then.
In 2011, among the 140 universities:
- 25 universities used WebCT as their key VLE platform;
- 67 universities had Blackboard as their key VLE platform;
- 25 universities used Moodle;
- 2 universities used Microsoft SharePoint;
- 1 university used Sakai;
- 1 university used Tulip, and
- 19 universities either didn’t present their VLE systems on their websites or it’s developed by themselves. It’s not searchable.
Using my spare time, I had a quick look at this list again. You can access the file here. Based on it, I searched the use of the key VLE platforms on the university websites. In 2014, among the 149 UK Universities, the changes of VLE platforms between 2011 and 2014 are shown as follows:
- 12 universities used Blackboard built on previous WebCT system;
- 10 universities shifted from WebCT to Moodle;
- 1 university shifted from WebCT to SharePoint;
- 1 university shifted from WebCT to Canvas;
- 14 universities shifted from Blackboard to Moodle;
- 1 university shifted from SharePoint to Moodle;
- 1 university shifted from Tulip to Moodle.
A general view of VLE platforms used in the 149 universities (2014 September) is below:
- 70 universities have Blackboard as their key VLE platform;
- 68 universities use Moodle as their key VLE platform;
- 2 universities use Sakai,
- 2 universities use Microsoft SharePoint;
- 1 university uses Desire2Learn,
- 1 university uses Canvas; and
- 5 universities either don’t present their VLE systems on their websites or it’s developed by themselves. It’s not searchable.
Please note, this is not an accurate statistical research results, rather it gives us a roughly idea of what VLE systems have been used and how it has changed over the last three years. The data were collected by simply visiting the university website and search their VLE(e-learning) platform. I didn’t ask the university to confirm it.
After I updated my list, I also found the HE Systems Review created by the Higher Education Library Technology. I’m not sure how new the resource is.