VLE's are generally useful in that they provide an online repository of course content, resources and database of performance metrics. This is relevant to students who are motivated by academia. However, more often than not, students have other motivations or commitments and the VLE was not designed to compete for attention. VLE’s struggle to inspire conversation and do little to engage students in the day-to-day activities of their courses.
Valuable resources (that staff spend hours uploading to VLE’s) are lost in the fight for attention with Facebook, SnapChat and others designed specifically to absorb our time. Nowadays a VLE has lost its relevance, value and impact and has become a burden to use.