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

Student perspective on learning technologies

One of the most anticipated and best received presentations at this month’s E-learning Showcase was from Lucy Hopkins, President of the Loughborough Students Union, on student expectations and experiences of learning technologies. Click on the screenshot to watch the ReVIEW capture of her presentation. You might also want to refer to the NUS report, commissioned by theRead more

New Study of UK Online Learning

The HEFCE Online Learning Taskforce, about which I blogged back in the summer, has just published a Study of UK Online Learning which it commissioned from the Department for Continuing Education at Oxford. You can download the study from here. Comments on the findings of the report to follow…Read more

Online Learning Task Force – update

On Friday 25th I represented Loughborough at the Online Learning Task Force event hosted at the British Library. Chaired by Dame Lynne Brindley, Chief Executive of the BL, the session was an opportunity for universities to engage with the high-level government-appointed task force as it approaches the conclusion of its year-long project. Some of theRead more

"Email for Life", e-Portfolios etc with Google Apps for Alumni

At Loughborough we went live with Google Apps for our students last Christmas. This was very well received, and we are currently in the throes of launching Google for Alumni. We have been liaising closely with Google’s developer team for several months to create a system that will allow students leaving this Summer to keepRead more

Learn Rollover Dates

We now have 2 proposed sets of dates for the Learn ‘rollover’ from 09/10 to 10/11. These are:-  Monday 19th/Tuesday 20th July Monday 9th/Tuesday 10th August If either period is likely to cause you / your department a problem, could you please let us know via learn [at] .Read more

Web 2.0 for teaching and learning

There has been much debate in the HE sector recently about the use of Web 2.0 services to support teaching and learning. (Here is one definition of Web 2.0 on Wikipedia, itself one of the best-known examples of a Web 2.0 site.) We all know how popular social networking sites such as Facebook are with students,Read more

Lammy calls for technology to enhance student experience

[JISC Press Release]  Senior MPs for higher education called last night for better use of technology to enhance the student experience in a pre-election debate at the Royal Geographical Society. David Lammy, the minister of state for higher education and intellectual property, David Willetts, Conservative shadow universities secretary, and Stephen Williams, their Liberal Democrat counterpart,Read more

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