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Resources for Developing E-Learning

Introduction to educational technologies

General e-learning trends and technologies

An introduction to learning technology within tertiary education in the UK, Ed. Seale and Ruis-Riu, Association for Learning Technology publication, 2001. 

Learning Technology Dissemination Initiative resources

E-Learning Centre pages
An excellent site for headlines of new e-learning areas and quick overviews of specific e-approaches and e-tools. Currently, topics include blending learning, collaborative learning, blogging, e-books, e-mentoring, mobile and wireless, portals, peer-to-peer learning, simulations, and emerging technologies.

Evaluating e-learning e-guides (Warwick Centre for Academic and Professional Development)

Evaluation Cookbook
Gives descriptions of methods that can be used to evaluate the use of learning technology in higher education. Includes"recipes" for different evaluation methods and useful information for planning, running and reporting on your evaluation.
Source: Learning Technology Dissemination Initiative

Evaluation Studies
A complement to the Evaluation Cookbook providing a practical guide to strategies and techniques
Source: Learning Technology Dissemination Initiative

Widening Particpation

LTSN Generic Centre Resources 

Widening Participation and the role of ICT: a practical guide
This guide introduces the issues surrounding widening participation and provides a starting block for finding more specific information.
Source: Universities of the North East. Date: May 2002

Issues to consider in using ICT in widening participation
Accompanying document to the Universities for the North East Guide "Widening Participation and the role of ICT: a practical guide"
Source: Universities of the North East. Date: May 2002

Accessibility of Web-Based and E-Learning Materials
This presentation looks are how to design accessible web-based and e-learning materials. It asserts that accessible web design does not require special techniques or separate resources for disabled students. Designing accessible resources results in them being more usable for everyone, regardless of disability or browsing environment.
Source: Dr Simon Ball, TechDis. Date: June 2002

Accessing Learning through the use of Assistive Technology
This paper supports a presentation which looks at how assistive technology can be used to support learning for all.
Source: Lawrie Phipps, TechDis Date: June 2002

ICT: A Resource Guide
This guide provides a list of websites, books, articles and organisations that provide a range of materials and information on using ICT in education.The guide is split into three main sections: ICT forcourse delivery and learning; ICT and disabled students; and ICT for student support.
Source: LTSN Generic Centre Date: May 2002

Other Resources

TechDis aims to enhance provision for disabled students and staff in higher, further and specialist education and adult and community learning, through the use of technology. TechDis is a JISC-funded service (Joint Information Systems Committee).

Freewood, M. (2003) Supporting academic staff in the design and delivery of accessible assessments, The Skill Journal, issue 76.

HMSO (1995) Disability Discrimination Act 1995, London, HMSO.