Opening out : a learning portal for the future

Renton, Lucy (2011) Opening out : a learning portal for the future. HEA Networks Magazine, 15, ISSN (online) 1756-9648

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Perhaps our Art and Design students are producers rather than consumers of content and thus require an entirely different paradigm? My study will present the development, rationale and wider Higher Education context of a new transferable model of ‘edgeless’ Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) for Art and Design, based mainly on open source software Wordpress, and BuddyPress ( This transferable model will soon be piloted at Kingston University for all the students and staff of our new Design School, and is built on our experience of previous successful bespoke VLE developments for the School of Fine Art at Kingston, which through dialogue with staff and students have responded to the particular pedagogical structures of their open curriculum. We hope that our new system will provide a more sustainable, flexible, and future-proof solution to the challenging technological and financial shifts affecting Higher Education in the UK and beyond.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: e-learning, VLE, virtual learning environment, Art, Design, Architecture, OER, interdisciplinarity
Research Area: Education
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture
Depositing User: Lucy Renton
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2017 09:17
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2017 09:17

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