British Universities to Benefit from Advances in Online Technology

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Young Academic can bring you our first piece of student news for 2013 today, as twenty three universities including the University of Exeter, the University of Roehampton, the University of Hull and the University of West London will be the first in the country to benefit from a new learning programme. This has been developed to help Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) use online technology more effectively.

The programme, Changing the Learning Landscape (CLL), is funded by Hefce and supported by stakeholders including the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, Jisc, the Higher Education Academy, the NUS and the Association for Learning Technology. It will feature three separate strands of activity aimed at different HEI staff, the first of which is an intensive leadership development programme, aimed at Pro Vice-Chancellors and Directors of Learning & Teaching.

Attendees will be equipped with the knowledge and understanding to implement and embed changes in the application of online technology in their organisations. Institutions participating in CLL hope that the programme will assist them in embedding good practice amongst staff and enhancing the student experience. Many also hope that it will help them to develop Distance Learning, which may in turn help them to attract international students.

Paul Gentle, Director of Programmes from the Leadership Foundation of Higher Education, commented; “Online technology, when applied effectively, can greatly enrich the teaching and learning experiences of staff and students at HEIs, but as use of such tools is often embedded in the culture of an organisation, encouraging people to start doing things differently can be a real challenge. We hope that Changing the Learning Landscape will empower participants to bring about a change in the way online technology is used in their institutions, ultimately benefitting both learners and teachers.”

Strands 2 and 3 of the CLL programme will involve free expert consultancy advice to assist in or develop changes in the way institutions use online technology, and a series of Continuing Professional Development opportunities and events. So far 16 applications have been accepted for Strand 2 participation. Institutions including the University of Nottingham, the University of Gloucestershire and Leeds Metropolitan University will each benefit from up to eight days of funded consultancy support and expertise on the strategic use of new technology in the learning environment; key areas of focus include ensuring technology matches learning and teaching styles and developing the digital capabilities of both staff and students, ultimately improving the student experience.

The final deadline for anyone wanting to participate in Strand 2 is Thursday 14 February 2013. Please visit for more information.

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