Module Identifier IL11320  
Module Title E-LEARNING  
Academic Year 2004/2005  
Co-ordinator To Be Arranged  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Mr John Nelson, Ms Marianne M Taylor  
Course delivery Lecture   5 Hours  
  Practical   10 Hours Practicals will take the form of interactive workshops  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
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:
1 Define E-learning (Virtual Learning Environments, VLEs) and illustrate this definition with examples and contextual information.

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

3 Identify issues associated with VLE management.

4 Evaluate the decisions and processes made in generating the content of VLEs.

5 Explain the principles associated with moderating discussion in VLEs.

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

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

8 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.

Reading Lists

Kirkpatrick, D.L. (1994) Evaluating training programs: the four levels Berret-Koehler
McConnell, D (2000) Implementing computer supported cooperative learning 2nd. Kogan Page, London
Murphy, D. et al (2001) Online learning and teaching with technology Kogan Page, London
Ryan, S. et al. (eds) (2000) The virtual university Kogan Page, London

** Recommended Text
Barjas, M and Owen, M (2000) Educational Technology and Society Implementing virtual learning environments, looking for an holistic approach 3(3), 39-53.
Fewings, J. Brainwaves The 'rough and ready' reckoner learning styles questionnaire (Spring/Summer), 9-12.

Web Page/Sites
Standards for developing and maintaining e-learning materials
Learning and Teaching Support Network LTSN Generic Centre, available at


This module is at CQFW Level 4