Could I please get some opinions on the use of blogs, wikis and sites as an alternative to VLEs? I am currently researching alternatives and, so far, it seems to me that Google Sites and Wordpress combined would be far more powerful (in terms of functionality) than a clunky out-dated VLE. This article was useful in terms of comparing wikis and sites: http://aabele.wordpress.com/2010/04/23/blogs-vs-wikis/#comment-26 Hit me with your thoughts and I'd be REALLY interested to hear from anyone whose school has already ditched the VLE and found a useful, reliable and user-friendly alternative. In order to let this be as 'outside the box' as possible, please assume that online safety for students is a given, regardless of platform proposed. Requirements are: <ol>[*]files attachments enabled;[*]discussions enabled (instant chat would be a bonus);[*]permissions can be edited at page level (not just site level) ;[*]beginner-level computer users will find it intuitive and simple to use. </ol> Thanks.