To me, all places where learning takes place, are learning environments. Whether we are talking about ordinary classrooms with “old school” blackboards or web conferencing environments with “new school” whiteboards.
Daniel Edwards (Director of Digital Strategy at Stephen Perse Foundation schools, Cambridge, UK) decided to post his opinion on Learning Envirmonment, after I asked him his interpretation on Twitter. Ian Guest was so kind to share 2 definitions of learning environments.
The concept of learning environments is too broad. So we have to make a distinction between learning environments and virtual, online, wireless and technlogy-enhanced learning environments.
While doing research using Google Scholar, I found different names: Virtual learning environment = VLE (Tu, 2002), online learning environment (Entwistle, 1991), Personal learning environment, wireless e-learning environment (Lehner and Holger, 2002), Blended learning environment (Osguthorpe, 2003), Constructivist learning environments (Jonassen, 1999) or Technology-enhanced learning environments = TELE (Wang, 2005).