Futurelearn goes live!

You may have read or heard this morning about the launch of Futurelearn (http://www.futurelearn.com ) , the UK’s answer to Coursera, Udacity and other MOOC platforms. If so, you’ll have noted that Loughborough is one of the 21 UK institutions currently involved. So, what exactly does this mean? Futurelearn is offering a range of MOOCs,Read more

Feedback on use of lecture capture in Materials MSc programmes

Last summer the Materials department, within the School of Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical and Materials Engineering (AACME), took the strategic decision to capture all lectures on modules with distance learners across three MSc programmes. The experience was reviewed by their Postgraduate Teaching and Learning Committee last week, with some key points emerging: – Feedback from students to theRead more

Lecture capture to support elite athlete students

With the support of colleagues from Loughborough Sport, we’ve just submitted a research grant application focused on the use of lecture capture to support elite athlete students. This is an area I’ve been interested in for a year or so, and it’s an application of lecture capture where the benefits are, on the face ofRead more


MOOCs are in the news again today – click over to the Teaching and Learning Blog for more. What’s a MOOC?  Read more

Lecture Capture with an Added Dimension

In this E-learning Showcase 2011 presentation, Martin White (Materials) compares and contrasts different approaches to lecture capture as applied to a Distance Learning Fund project last year. This project involved pre-recording 10 hours of guest lectures for a module on Packaging Technology. The added dimension in the title refers to the use of a ‘visualiser’Read more

Seizing the opportunity of online learning for UK higher education

The Online Learning Task Force (OLTF) published its final report ‘Collaborate to compete: Seizing the opportunity of online learning for UK higher education‘ in January 2011. It concluded that online learning – however blended with on- or off-campus interactions, whether delivered in the UK or overseas – provides real opportunity for UK institutions to developRead more

Elluminate: the experience so far

Loughborough’s institutional licence for the Elluminate web conferencing tool has been in place since back in the summer, and many colleagues have now experienced it either through delivering or participating in a session. Two areas that have been particularly active in the use of Elluminate are CREST and WEDC. In the YouTube video below, SherylRead more

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