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


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.

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