This page includes links to a variety of services/organisations/websites, both in Leeds and elsewhere, which you might find helpful if you want to find out more about Blended Learning.

University Sites

The Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence (LITE) is a community of research and innovation with the aim of establishing the University of Leeds as a sector leader in teaching practice and scholarship.

The Institute provides funding, time and support for current and future student education leaders to develop their profile at the University and to carry out research and innovation projects with internal and external impact.

Information on most aspects of Blended Learning, the tools available at the University of Leeds, and training available from ODPL, including in the field of lecture capture, is available here.

Here are OD&PL’s full set of pages dealing with technology-enhanced learning and the sign-up for courses.

The University’s Digital learning Team, led by Prof. Neil Morris, have their webpages here. This team has responsibility for the University’s MOOCs and for digital learning material which is made publicly available e.g. via iTunesU.

The Learning Technologists @ Leeds Network is coordinated by OD&PL to enable an opportunity for colleagues to share ideas, practice and support around the area of educational uses of technology. It’s a good place to find out about the very latest developments at Leeds. It has a mailing list and organises regular meetings on Blended Learning-related topics.

External Sites

FutureLearn is a collaboration between various partners including the University of Leeds to provide online learning courses including MOOCs (massive online open courses). It is one of the most successful MOOC providers with 1.6 million users.

The Association for Learning Technology (ALT) is the UK’s leading membership organisation in the learning technology field.
Its purpose is to ensure that use of learning technology is effective and efficient, informed by research and practice, and grounded in an understanding of the underlying technologies, their capabilities and the situations into which they are placed.

iTunesU provides a wealth of free higher education materials, including lectures from world-class institutions including the University of Leeds. To view the materials you just need to have iTunes installed.

TED is a nonprofit organisation devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.

JISC, formerly the Joint Information Systems Committee, is a registered charity which champions the use of digital technologies in UK education and research. Most UK Universities (including Leeds) are associated with JISC. It provides advice, and reports, on the use of technology in education in many different contexts, and funds development projects.

ELESIG (the Evaluation of Learners’ Experiences of e-learning Special Interest Group) is a community of researchers and practitioners from higher and further education who are involved in investigations of learners’ experiences and uses of technology in learning. ELESIG members work together to share knowledge and practice and develop a shared repertoire of resources which will be of benefit to the community and the sector.