Friday, 18 February 2011

Innovative practice with elearning

In 2008, JISC produced a publication Exploring Tangible Benefits of e-learning: Does Investment Yield Interest? (2008) which looked at the impact of innovation on the learning process through the use of elearning. It includes case studies of nearly 40 examples of elearning, discussing their backgrount, context, technology used, tangible benefits and lessons learned. The case studies are available from JISC at

Week 2 Activity 2 asked us to look at 4 case studies. I decided to choose case studies that illustrated effects on learning and effects on social equality, these being two of my personal prime drivers for being interested in education, and technology-supported education. I was a little surprised that although 29 of the 34 case studies reported an effect on learning, only 20 reported an effect on social equality, and the cross-over was further reduced. However, I picked these four, with some additional influences on my selection, which I note in my posts about each study:

University of Exeter, Online economics texts
Newcastle University, Use of a VLE to deliver a 'regional' medical school
University of Nottingham, Moving from Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) to Computer Based Assessment (CBA) for summative exams in medicine
Swansea University, Use of podcasting in Archaeology

My summaries and thoughts on the case studies to follow...

JISC (2008) Exploring Tangible Benefits of e-Learning: Does Investment Yield Interest? [online],

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