Supporting distributed and lifelong learning through online and technology-rich learning environments
11 years and 6 months
Ended 31 Dec 2011100%
Helping universities and colleges develop learning environments that meet the diverse needs of students has been an important aspect of our e-learning work.
Beginning in 2003, our e-learning innovation programme investigated opportunities for harnessing gaming platforms and simulated professional environments for learning, and provided guidance on the design of technology-rich physical learning spaces in a short publication, 'designing spaces for effective learning.'
Our earlier MLEs for lifelong learning programme addressed some of the technical issues that hinder the transfer of student-centred data and resources between different providers. During 2004-2006, with HEFCE funding and in partnership with the Higher Education Academy, our distributed e-learning programme pioneered shared access to learning platforms to assist lifelong learners and learners making the transition between stages of education.
Our more recent distributed VLE programme investigated how institutions can widen the functionality of their VLEs to create joined up information systems and more responsive learning environments for their students.
Find out more
The 2004–2007 distributed e-learning programme’s stories from the regional pilot projects [accessed via the UK Web Archive] provide clear evidence of the benefits technology can bring to lifelong learning. The programme’s final review synthesises the lessons learned. You can also download the report: How can you pilot lifelong learning? from our archived webpage.
The distributed VLE case studies (2011-12) demonstrate how some of the widgets, apps and tools benefitted practitioners and students in the colleges and universities taking part in the programme.
More from the archive
Read our effective practice guide, learning in a digital age, to find out more about our work in supporting and enabling learning at different stages in life. You may also be interested in our visitors and residents project which investigated how learners engage with digital technologies at different educational stages [via the UK Web Archive].
Keep in touch
Follow our latest work on enhancing the student experience with smarter, more joined up information landscapes in our from prospect to alumnus project. Find out more about student expectations and experiences of learning with technology from our digital student project.
You may also be interested in our scaling up online learning project which addresses some of the institutional barriers to wide-scale use of online learning.
This project ran until winter 2011