eLearning Projects Funded by the eLearning Project Fund

Round 1 - 2003/2004

'People, prelates and purgatory: religious perspectives in late medieval Scotland': Blended learning at Masters level.

This 8-month project will develop a substantial e-learning component for a new Masters level degree course "People, prelates and purgatory: religious perspectives in late medieval Scotland". This will include the development of an Internet and digitised resource base for the specialist corpus of historical evidence essential for this course, and the development of an integrated approach to using e-learning which will be transferable to other postgraduate courses in HSS and will help postgraduates incorporate E-learning into their pattern of study.

For further information contact Jane Dawson at the School of Divinity, email J.Dawson@ed.ac.uk

eLearning courses in Neuroimaging

This three-year project will build on a web-based interactive image interpretation tool developed by the Division of Clinical Neurosciences.

It will develop web-based teaching materials to integrate with the web-based interactive image viewing system, and thus provide courses for basic neuroimagers, stroke physicians, neurologists, radiologists and neuroradiologists in training.

For further information contact Prof Joanna Wardlaw at the Division of Clinical Neurosciences, email jwardlaw@staffmail.ed.ac.uk

Contextual On-line Solution of the Mathematics Problem (COSMAP)

This cross school project aims to use web-based material in the form of short assessments and brief tutorial type content, to tackle the increasing difficulties faced by incoming students in coping with university mathematics. COSMAP will build on the existing WALLIS system to provide subject specific contexts for assessments and feedback, while identifying a core curriculum. The two-year project aims to provide a system which can be used by all beginning undergraduates in Electrical Engineering, Geosciences, Mathematics, and Physics. It will also provide a specification and applications to help lecturers author material.

For more information contact Antony Maciocia at the School of Mathematics, email: A.Maciocia@ed.ac.uk

Distance learning platform and modules

AHRB Centre for Studies in Intellectual Property and Technology Law will work with the Joseph Bell Centre to create a number of elective modules in the areas of Information Technology Law, Intellectual Property Law, and law and Medical Ethics, which will be offered as part of the existing MBA programme, as an on-line LL.M and for the CPD market. They will be designed to provide the basis of eCPD courses and modules for other institutions which may wish to offer these subjects but lack the expertise to develop them in-house. The project will develop a flexible and scalable learning platform based on the existing system in use in the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine.

For further information contact Andres Guadamuz at the School of Law, email aguadamu@uun.ed.ac.uk

Elearning for Biology

This project will develop templates and materials for the biology curriculum through years 1 to 3. It will present about 40 existing courses in consistent formats using WebCT and identifying existing resources which can be incorporated. Additional systems will be created to assist the administration of the courses, saving staff time. Staff training to make best use of the systems and services being developed also forms part of this three-year project.

For further information contact Paul McLaughlin at ICMB, email paul.mclaughlin@ed.ac.uk

Edinburgh Electronic Postgraduate Portfolios (EEPoP)

This one-year project will create an electronic study environment for the postgraduate research student community in the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. The aim would be to provide a community resource for the students in this group, who are currently widely scattered across multiple sites, within the university and on placements externally. EEPoP will provide information on courses and opportunities, a noticeboard, discussion groups and a repository for each student's cumulative record. It would also support staff in monitoring and mentoring students. It will be based on existing EEMeC/ EEVeC methods developed by the CMVM Learning Technology Section. See http://www.eepop.mvm.ed.ac.uk

For further information contact Jeremy Bradshaw at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, email jeremy@staffmail.ed.ac.uk

Professional degree qualification in Forensic Medicine.

This project will create an elearning course on Forensic Medicine which will build on the University's recognition as a centre of excellence in this field and building on the existing MOU with the University of Florida.

For further information contact Tim Squires at the School of Molecular and Clinical Medicine, email tsquires@staffmail.ed.ac.uk

Virtual women patients for the MBChB curriculum

This two-year project will create a group of virtual women patients integrated into the Medical Curriculum and providing an opportunity for students to explore a range of e-learning activities appropriate to their stage in the curriculum.

For further information contact Kirsty Dundas at the School of Clinical Sciences and Community Health, email Kirsty.Dundas@luht.scot.nhs.uk

eLT: Student's usage of online courseware in Physics

e-Learner Tracking will undertake a detailed analysis of students' usage of online courseware. Building on a small-scale trial study, it will examine the activities of students on a large mainstream Physics course which has an established WebCT presence. The project aims to create a set of tools to track, analyse and display students' usage of e-learning resources and to examine the relationship between the findings and the guiding principles used in the course design. These tools could in principle applied to other courses using the WebCT environment. The project runs for a year, from March 2004.

For more information contact Judy Hardy at EPCC, email: judy@epcc.ed.ac.uk

Courseware for experimental design

This one-year project will build on existing software (WebExp, see http://www.hcrc.ed.ac.uk/web_exp/) to provide students with a grounding in experimental design and basic methodology by allowing them to design, run and analyse web-based experiments themselves. The initial target audience will be Psychology students but a growing number of student projects in other fields also require a grounding in experimental design.

For further information contact Martin Corley in Psychology, email Martin.Corley@ed.ac.uk

Partnership in distance learning course

This six-month project will explore the potential and examine the implementation of a distance learning course in Pain Management in partnership with the University of Sydney. Through Professor Ian Power we already have s trong links with the University of Sydney and this project aims to explore ways to strengthen and utilise these links to provide further web-based course materials which would form a Masters course and additionally provide suitable materials for use in the MBChB course.

For further information contact Professor Ian Power at the School of Clinical Sciences and Community Health, email Ian.Power@ed.ac.uk

3D-IT: Computer models as learning objects for Veterinary Medicine

Many students have problems in understanding complex 3D structures from 2D representations. This 18-month project is using rapid prototyping medical imaging software to develop a resource base of images which can appear as 3D views, drawn from CT scans. MPEG videos are being produced - some as 3D "Virtual Radiographs" for comparison with standard 2D views. Learning materials, drawing on these resources, will be developed for both preclinical and clinical areas of the curriculum. Students will also have the opportunity to build their own models using data from scans.

For further information contact Gill McConnell at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Medicine, email G.McConnell@ed.ac.uk

Improving student feedback for assessment

This project aims to improve the quality of feedback given to 2nd year MBChB students but providing assessors with a laptop, microphone and graphics pad and appropriate software to annotate student assignments provided as Adobe Acrobat files. The annotations may be graphics or sound in addition to types text. Student opinions of the usefulness of the feedback will be monitored to assess the success of the project.

For further information contact Edward Duvall at the School of Molecular and Clinical Medicine, email E.Duvall@ed.ac.uk



Lead: Jeff Haywood, MALTS

Contact: Sarah McConnell - Sarah.Mcconnell@ed.ac.uk