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£6 million allocation aims to deliver new ideas on e-learning

Six major projects, which aim to transform aspects of the student experience through e-learning, have been allocated £6 million by the Scottish Funding Councils for Further and Higher Education (SFC).

The further education and higher education projects include:

  • The development of materials so that Higher National (HN), modern apprenticeship and degree courses can be delivered in new ways
  • The use of new approaches to assessment by higher education institutions (HEIs)
  • FE colleges and HEIs working together to ease the transition between sectors for learners.

Commenting on the allocation Roger McClure, Chief Executive of the Scottish Funding Councils, said: “The business case for e-learning must be about achieving improvements in quality while delivering real efficiency gains for institutions. I am confident that this programme will make a significant contribution to the development of approaches to learning across the UK.

“I am also delighted that the projects include substantial collaboration between FE Colleges and HEIs in Scotland, and that several of the projects explicitly aim to make the process of transition between the sectors easier for learners.”

The projects will be run by several FE Colleges and HEIs until summer 2007, and will test a key conclusion of the SFC joint e-learning report: that e-learning can produce efficiency gains for institutions by replacing existing processes.

The programme will be managed by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and overseen by their Distributed e-Learning Board. The Councils hope to make productive links with JISC advisory services and similar e-learning projects being funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). The JISC team aim to support the projects in observing good practice in areas such as accessibility, standards, legal issues and dissemination.

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