The project aims to select, assess, gather together, deliver and evaluate DfES/LSC-funded Greenwich eLISA study skills materials in various innovative eLearning applications. The project will make recommendations on learning designs for study materials in collaboration with Oxford University’s Learning Technologies Group in terms of the use of learning design tools and the evaluation of learning sequences.

JISC e-Learning Independent Study Award project (eLISA)

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Region: London 

The JISC eLISA (eLearning Independent Study Award) project will build on the Greenwich eLISA to deliver study skills for 14-19 year olds in various innovative eLearning applications for independent study support for both learners and teachers. 

Aims and Objectives

The project aims to select, assess, gather together, deliver and evaluate DfES/LSC-funded Greenwich eLISA study skills materials in various innovative eLearning applications. The project will make recommendations on learning designs for study materials in collaboration with Oxford University’s Learning Technologies Group in terms of the use of learning design tools and the evaluation of learning sequences. There will be a key focus on the pedagogic implications of study skills and support in relation to eLearning throughout the project.

  • collection of eLearning study skills materials
  • effective migration of study skills materials into new and innovative eLearning packages (beginning with LAMS but considering others)
  • prototype personalised learning environment that provides additional information and facilities  for the user and acts as a central organiser for and central point of access to the innovative eLearning packages
  • practitioner and learner workshops and projects using eLearning study materials
  • evaluation report and a framework of recommended resources for eLearning study
  • series of disseminations on eLearning study support

Project Methodology

The strategy will be to ensure that there remains a key focus on pedagogy and study skills for the benefit of learners and teachers for regional and national dissemination by JISC. This overall aim will drive the selection, evaluation and use of technology, rather than the other way around. Interoperability standards will be ensured as part of this. 

The work will be split into three main phases:

  • Phase 1: Preliminary development and piloting
  • Phase 2: Implementation and testing
  • Phase 3: Evaluation

Phase 1: Preliminary development and piloting, Jan – July, 2005

The initial phase of the project will start in January, 2005. An eLISA Steering Group will be set up to oversee the project, and the project manager and project team appointed/selected.

eLearning and print-based study skills materials and resources developed as part of the DfES/LSC London East-funded Area-Wide Post-Inspection Action Plan for GPlus post-16 providers will be identified and evaluated to provide the first study skills resources for trialling and piloting in the eLISA.

A pilot generic learning evaluation template and protocol for study support tools, systems and resources development and peer-reviewing will be designed. This will be used to trial, evaluate and redesign study skills resources.

Study skills materials will be migrated into various innovative eLearning applications for trialling with learners and practitioner teachers.

In this phase it will be important to develop a clear communications strategy for engaging with stakeholders, particularly with the teachers who will be involved in the testing of the materials produced.  There is already a strong network across the Greenwich Borough for the eLISA and other related projects and this project will be able to make use of these networks.

Workshops for training learners and practitioners and for trialling study skills materials will be set up, and the feedback and evaluations from these collected to inform further development.

The question of reusability of study support learning objects and tools will be a key focus for the evaluation and enhancement of underpinning pedagogical elements, learner activities and assessment tasks.

Plan for evaluation developed.
A basic prototype PLE will be developed in parallel with the work on study skills delivery.

Phase 2:  Implementation and testing, Sept – Dec, 2005

Following feedback and redesign of materials, practitioners from regional schools, colleges, adult and community organisations and higher education institutions will be invited to explore and evaluate the eLISA pilot study support, learning objects, tools, systems and activities.

Representatives from a variety of regional partners will be invited if and as appropriate to participate in the evaluation of study support distributed eLearning resources developed in the project. 

Evaluation questionnaires will collect evidence from learner and teacher participants as consumers and designers to assess the effectiveness and reusability of study skills resources, tools and systems for cross-institutional use within the regions.

Issues will be identified and addressed for the creation of a coherent regional distributed offer of eLISA resources to wider regional, cross-institutional groupings for study support development.

Learning design evaluation of resources, approaches and systems to best support learners in independent study skills will be developed in partnership with the University of Oxford’s Learning Technologies Group, and the results reported to JISC and the Steering Group as part of the eLISA project.

Dissemination through attendance at relevant events and presenting papers where appropriate.

Phase 3: Evaluation, Jan – March, 2006

The third phase of the project will start in January, 2006. A progress report on the eLISA JISC project will be provided for the eLISA Steering Group and to JISC, to evaluate progress and modify the project business plan.

Following development in phases 1 and 2, a personalised learning environment will be piloted and evaluated to measure the potential effectiveness of its use in the organisation and personalisation of study skills packages with learners and teachers

In the final phase, the project will be further developed with a study skills focus, and tools and systems to support the provision of study support for independent learning will be trialled in partner institutions. Evaluation will be carried out via questionnaires distributed to partners.

Dissemination will continue with the possibility of a joint conference with the JISC Kent project and involving local JISC RSC’s and other stakeholders such as the LSC.

Implications/ Deliverables/ Stakeholders

This project will result in the following:

  • eLearning independent study support resources for learners in post-14 Greenwich schools and Greenwich Community College, and for adult and community education institutions in the Lifelong Learning Partnership and Greenwich Learns
  • increased penetration regarding understanding of the value of study support for learners amongst practitioners, and greater knowledge of appropriate eLearning tools, activities and systems to support cognitive development and improved practice in study skills teaching and learning
  • significant improvements in learners’ understanding of the skills and knowledge needed to progress to higher education in partner institutions and learner access to study support resources to manage their learning in one place, including learner engagement in planning learning, task and time management via study support tasks, maintaining personal contacts information via personalised webpage resources, carrying out assignments proactively, assessing their own progress and attainment, reflecting on their learning and communicating with peers and teachers
  • a contribution to improvements in motivation, retention, achievement and progression to higher education, to be measured by the Greenwich LEA Post-Inspection Action Plan Working Group
  • a deeper understanding of the issues surrounding the development of PLEs and the benefits of PLEs in improving the learner experience
  • research outputs will include presentations and publications linked to a range of conferences and seminar series (e.g. AACE, Alt-C, JISC conferences, Greenwich eLearning conference)
Lead institution
  • University of Greenwich, School of Education and Training (Lead School) 
  • University of Greenwich (Partner School) School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences 
Project partners
  • University of Oxford Computing Services
  • Greenwich City Learning Centres
  • Kent New Technology Institute

Project Staff

Project Manager
  • Dr Edwina E Bell, Darwin College, University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NY, Tel: 01227 824363 e.e.bell@kent.ac.uk 
Project Team

The key development partners are:  

Documents & Multimedia

Summary
Start date
1 February 2005
End date
31 July 2007
Funding programme
Distributed e-Learning programme
Project website