Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 5 Hours.
Practical 10 Hours. Practicals will take the form of interactive workshops


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment One report (equivalent to 2,500 words) chosen from a choice of two titles.  50%
Semester Assessment One report (equivalent to 2,500 words) writing up learning objectives and storyboard based around a practical session.  50%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmission of failed coursework 

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

* Define E-learning (Virtual Learning Environments, VLEs) and illustrate this definition with examples and contextual information

* Discriminate between the different features and purposes of VLE's.

* Identify issues associated with VLE management.

* Evaluate the decisions and processes made in generating the content of VLEs

* Explain the principles associated with moderating discussion in VLEs.

* Identify the connection between materials, and presentation of content in VLEs.

* Evaluate the implications of learning styles on VLE content presentation.

* Discuss the methods available within VLEs for E-assessment and Evaluation.


The subject material is a growth area within education and in industry and this module seeks to update the portfolio of modules offered to reflect this area of information science within the curriculum. Combining theory with a practical approach will introduce students to core skills relevant for this field and enhance their practical problem solving skills.

Brief description

The field of E-learning is immense and the opportunities for applying core principles growing in information, education, and industry environments. Combining theory with a practical approach students will be equipped with a foundation of core skills for creating and moderating E-learning environments.


Beginning with an Introduction to the technology, history, definitions and general background to E-learning, the content moves on through a discussion of Learning Materials and Learning Environments, Moderation of discussions, the Nature of Learning Materials, Learning Styles, and the course ends with E-assessment and Evaluation. At each part practical workshops support the theory with practice and experience.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number N/A
Communication Presentation by written formal reports.
Improving own Learning and Performance Self reflection will be encouraged as part of the process of understanding the role of learning styles in E-learning
Information Technology IT and Software skills are at the heart of developing knowledge in this field.
Personal Development and Career planning Not explicitly, though awareness of the issues and career opportunities
Problem solving Related to development of understanding and relation of this to detailed explanation and task completion
Research skills Preparation for coursework will involve basic information gathering techniques and summative skills
Subject Specific Skills Theory, software and research specific knowledge will be developed.
Team work Some element of team work within practicals may be included.


This module is at CQFW Level 4