Study shows no demonstrable link between choice of MLE and educational approach.
A team of Dutch researchers investigated the relation between various educational approaches (e.g. traditional, guided learning, active learning and experience-based learning) and the design and use of different virtual learning environments (VLE). Conclusion: it's not really possible to map an educational approach to a specific type of VLE.
The extensive empirical survey and literature review also showed that a lot of e-learning work in Dutch higher education is still about implementation rather than optimalisation. The experiences of those practitioners who did go beyond implementation suggested that adopting a particular educational approach in VLE use and design would not optimize the experience appreciably.
The team from CINOP (centre for course innovation) and the University of Utrecht also list some practical recommendations for e-learning in higher education: