Characterising effective e-learning resources

Allison Littlejohn, Isobel Falconer, Lou Mcgill

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    The widespread availability of digital learning resources in a variety of media formats offers the possibility to make a profound difference in education. This potential has not been fully realised for range of interrelated reasons. In this paper we study the key characteristics of learning resources that have proved effective in changing learning and teaching, and relate them to existing frameworks for understanding resources. We outline the relationships between resources, their users, and the way they are used, and explore issues that influence practitioners in choosing a particular resource. Our study is based on a review of resources for e-learning and chemistry in post-compulsory education, undertaken for the UK Joint Information Systems Committees (JISC), as part of a wider study examining ‘The Effectiveness of Resources, Tools and Support Services used by Tutors in Designing and Delivering E-Learning Activities’.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)757-771
    Number of pages15
    JournalComputers and Education
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2008


    • teaching/learning strategies
    • education
    • e-learning resources


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