CAMEL was originally short for Collaborative Approaches to the Management of E-Learning. CAMEL was a HEFCE-funded project led by Jisc infoNet in partnership with the Association for Learning Technology (ALT) and the Higher Education Academy. The original project in 2006 led to widespread adoption of the model by the participating organisations and the universities and colleges involved.
The model is one of a Community of Practice learning together through a series of structured study visits to each of the partner organisations. It has its origins in a self-help group formed many years ago by a number of small farmers in Uruguay.
Key features of that group that were incorporated into the CAMEL model are that the study visits:
- Were planned collaboratively
- Were documented before and after
- Were focused on things that matter
- Were expertly facilitated
- Were formally evaluated
- Had a strong emphasis on tacit knowledge and making this explicit
"It’s about practice warts and all – and the warts are more interesting than the practice sometimes"
Quote from CAMEL participant