I’ve been researching developers’ and teachers’ aspirations for VLEs in the ’80s and ’90swhen they first began to emerge as we know them.
The Australian Journal of Educational Technology – http://www.ascilite.org.au/ajet has free full text of every issue from the beginning and is an excellent record of the changes in the last 20 years. Mindboggling.
Of on a tangent a bit, I enjoyed this one in particular:
John G Hedberg and Neil R Perry (1985) Australian Journal of Educational Technology;1(1):12-20
because it contains a referenced summary of HCI guidelines which includes everything I try to get teachers to do. The problem is this stuff isn’t high on the research agenda any more, and I’ve internalised it to the extent that it’s sometimes difficult for me to freshen it up and make it seem important to new people.