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This section of the website provides general information about eLearning, including principles of online communication, copyright, course development, staff development and eAssessment guidance.

eLearning is a term used synonymously to describe that part of learning that is delivered using digital technologies and that is experienced through an interface enabled through the Internet or similar network.

eLearning guidance

Please refer to the eLearning enquiries page, including support for Blackboard, online course materials, and Turnitin.

Faculty eLearning websites

Good practice in eLearning from across the University can be found at:

Blackboard and Start of Semester 2, 2018/19

Information for staff members about preparing your Blackboard course space (Bb course) for Start of Semester 2, 2018/19 can be found below:

Mobile Content Toolkit

This resource kit is intended to provide information on how to design and produce electronic learning resources that will be compatible with a range of devices including mobile devices.  Such devices currently include desktop PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones. In the future this may also include wearable devices such as Google Glass and smart watches.

Mobile devices can offer additional functionality that may not be present in desktop PCs such as geolocation, vibration, photography, etc.

The Mobile Content Toolkit is divided into three sections:

Online Learning Strategy Group

The Online Learning Strategy Group (OLSG) brings together nominated representatives from the Faculties and PSS Directorates to ensure that the University of Manchester takes a strategic approach to “support individualised, blended and distance learning” (Goal 2, Manchester 2020). In particular the Group is responsible for providing strategic leadership for:

  • Enhancements to teaching and learning using technology.
  • The development of the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and associated tools to support teaching and learning.
  • The development, delivery, support and promotion of distance-learning (DL) provision including massive open online courses (MOOCs).

The following information is available regarding the OLSG:

Working groups

The purpose of FEAT is to carry out the functional evaluation and testing required for upgrades to the central eLearning applications. The timeline for which this work is to be carried out will be established in the approved project upgrade plan.

The purpose of this group is to ensure the operational delivery of user support documentation via the Knowledge Base (KB) and is under the sponsorship of the eLearning Management Group.