E-Learning Strategy 2005-2009

Please note that this page is a subsection of the full document E-Learning Strategy 2005-2009. The document is also available to download in its entirety: E-Learning Strategy (PDF).

4.0 Strategic Aims

4.1  AU considers that e-learning can enhance the quality of the student learning experience, improve the effectiveness of its teaching and more generally contribute to achievement of the University's strategic aims, including widening access to learning and increasing participation. Through this e-Learning Strategy it seeks actively to support and encourage the appropriate use of information and communications technologies (ICT) in learning and teaching at all levels within an environment in which staff and students derive benefit from a blend of traditional and new learning and teaching methods that best suit their particular learning and teaching needs. The broad strategic aims and associated action lines outlined below reflect the issues that have been identified as being critical to the successful roll-out and take-up of e-learning across the University as a whole.

Aim 1: to encourage and empower academic staff to take advantage of the ways in which technology can invigorate and enhance the effectiveness of their teaching and contribute to learning outcomes

  1. to raise general levels of understanding and awareness amongst the academic community of the potential of e-learning and the ways in which it can provide students with new learning opportunities
  2. to ensure that arrangements for providing support for the use of e-learning are sufficient to provide academic staff with access to the necessary skills, training and guidance at both an institutional and a departmental level to enable them to take full advantage of the opportunities that e-learning provides
  3. to recognise and reward excellence in the use of learning technologies within the learning and teaching environment

Aim 2: to ensure that students have the necessary understanding to make informed decisions about e-learning and the skills required to take advantage of the opportunities it provides

  1. to make students fully aware of the technologies, tools and assessment methods associated with e-learning and of the pedagogic and technical support they can expect to receive
  2. to ensure that generic and discipline dependent e-skills training and support is available to both campus based and remote students and that the requirements of students with special needs are taken fully into account
  3. to ensure that e-learning is used to widen choice for students, for example, by extending Welsh medium provision
  4. to ensure that students pursuing modes of learning that are flexible or distributed (including distance learning), and that incorporate elements of e-learning, have parity of access with campus-based students to information, feedback and support as appropriate to their learning needs

Aim 3: to ensure that the technical infrastructure and other centrally provided facilities are fit for purpose and capable of supporting current and anticipated levels of demand for e-learning
  1. to provide staff and students with the teaching room facilities, network infrastructure and specialist systems, tools and information resources that are a pre-requisite for the widespread uptake of e-learning provision
  2. to address a range of issues likely to be associated with the provision and use of electronic information, including electronic submission of work, copyright, licensing, plagiarism, security data back-up, retention and preservation

Aim 4: to ensure that e-learning is fully integrated into strategic planning processes at both an institutional and departmental level and that e-learning developments are, as a matter of course, subject to quality assurance procedures and mechanisms
  1. to ensure that the development of e-learning is considered at a strategic level within the broader framework provided by the institutional Learning and Teaching Strategy and that academic departments incorporate e-learning into their own learning and teaching strategies
  2. to consider what incentives and models for strengthening support might be employed to encourage e-learning initiatives and facilitate the development and uptake of e-learning programmes and modules
  3. to ensure that in respect of its design, delivery and assessment e-learning meets required academic standards, is subject to robust quality assurance procedures and engages fully with the appropriate precepts in the QAA Code of Practice
  4. to ensure that the provision of e-learning helps the University to deliver its policy on supporting Welsh medium provision and the requirements of the AU Welsh Language Scheme