The carpe diem journey: designing for learning transformation

Armellini, Alejandro and Salmon, Gilly and Hawkridge, David (2009) The carpe diem journey: designing for learning transformation. In: Transforming higher education through technology-enhanced learning. Higher Education Academy, Heslington, York. United Kingdom, pp. 135-148. ISBN 978-1-907207-11-2


Anyone who has been in touch with the University of Leicester over the last few years will know that its teaching and learning profile has been on a rising curve.
Most relevantly to this chapter the University has recently been awarded the UNIQUe (European University Quality in eLearning) certificate, the first and only one in UK to date. While it may be difficult to trace this success back to specific actions, it is a fact that the University decided in 2005 to launch a strategic initiative to transform its e-learning and distance learning and the first pedagogical innovation strategy was accepted by Senate in July 2005. It set up the Beyond Distance Research Alliance (BDRA) to provide evidence and leadership for the
changes. The pedagogical innovations introduced and researched by BDRA and its partners under this initiative have built up institutional capacity for evidence based
change, both at Leicester and elsewhere. In particular, they have transformed course design through low-cost, high-value-for-learning approaches. We are deeply involved in this initiative and would like to tell you in this chapter about the journey so far and what we have learned.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Australian Digital Futures Institute (8 Dec 2010 - 6 Jul 2016)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Australian Digital Futures Institute (8 Dec 2010 - 6 Jul 2016)
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2011 07:43
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Uncontrolled Keywords: e-learning; higher education; distance learning; pedagogical innovation; evidence based change; course design
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080608 Information Systems Development Methodologies
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39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390102 Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
46 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 4609 Information systems > 460905 Information systems development methodologies and practice
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies

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