Can e-learning enhance practice-based design courses?

Jake Leith, Joanna Zara, Malcolm Mcinnes

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In recent years the focus for UK Higher Education has been on improving student experiences; technology has played a crucial role in transforming the curriculum, evidenced in a series of initiatives funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) (HEFCE, 2009). The adoption of online learning and teaching techniques on practice-based courses, within the field of art and design, have often been seen as controversial, due to the vocational nature of the discipline. This paper seeks to understand, through the application of action research, what affect the incorporation of blended learning has had on the professional practice element of a practice-based course and compare students’ responses to results published by one of JISC’s completed programmes, ‘Learner Experiences of e-Learning.’ (JISC, 2009)
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication10th European Conference on e-Learning
EditorsSusan Greener, Asher Rospigliosi
Place of PublicationBrighton
PublisherAcademic Publishing
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9781908272225
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event10th European Conference on e-Learning - Brighton Business School, University of Brighton, UK, 10-11 November, 2011
Duration: 1 Jan 2011 → …


Conference10th European Conference on e-Learning
Period1/01/11 → …


  • online
  • blended
  • practice-based
  • e-learning
  • design


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