Duration: 12 January 2003 to 13 February 2003
|e-Learning is now a clear feature of the learning landscape. One of the most exciting dimensions of e-Learning is its proven ability to remove some of the barriers faced by many people in accessing traditional learning opportunities. However, despite its potential for engaging a broader community of learners, e-Learning has not yet been fully embedded in our teaching and learning practice. This Learning Theme will provide an opportunity to debate the potential for e-Learning to contribute to the regionís widening participation agenda and the practical steps needed to make this happen.
This Learning Theme follows on from the recent regional conference, Adding the 'e' to Learning, which set out to explore the potential of learning and technology as a catalyst for workforce development. The conference demonstrated how much more work needs to be done locally, regionally and nationally for learners to get all that they want
and need from the possibilities of the technologies. It further emphasised the
need for practical support, more effectively embedding e-Learning into more traditional
curricula, and strategies for engaging non-learners.
The Learning Theme will also coincide with the Government's consultation, Towards a Unified e-Learning Strategy, which aims to 'turn the pockets of e-learning excellence we already have into standard features of learning and teaching'.
Evidence suggests that e-learning can have a motivational effect for learners. ICT can be an attractive route into learning for those with poor literacy and numeracy skills. Greater accessibility, opportunities for self-paced learning and the flexibility to respond to different learning styles are also potential benefits to learners. But, despite a growing understanding of the potential of e-Learning, there remains a range of barriers to its uptake and successful implementation. The lack of access to Broadband in the South West is one obvious example.
During this Theme we considered:
Research briefs, summarising
our research and findings are also available.
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