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Free tools for teaching. Lorraine Sperring, Learning & Teaching Resources Adviser JISC RSC for London. What is e-Learning?. If someone is learning using information and communication technology, they are e-learning Diana Laurillard DfES Head, e-Learning Strategy Unit.

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free tools for teaching

Free tools for teaching

Lorraine Sperring, Learning & Teaching Resources AdviserJISC RSC for London

what is e learning
What is e-Learning?

If someone is learning

using information

and communication technology,

they are e-learning

Diana Laurillard


Head, e-Learning Strategy Unit

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so what exactly is e learning
So, what exactly is e-Learning?
  • e-Learning means using new multimedia technologies and the Internet to improve the quality of learning
  • in other words, it is using technology and electronic resources to enhance what we are currently doing in the classroom
  • it is about changing teaching practice to meet the needs of our learners

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but what does this mean then
But what does this mean then?
  • too many lessons are still being delivered in the ‘traditional’ manner; using traditional methods and traditional resources

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some common learning activities
Some common learning activities
  • Reading
  • Audiovisual
  • Discussion
  • Practice by doing
  • Teaching others/ Immediate use
  • Demonstration
  • Lecture

But how effective are these?

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Practice by doing

Teach others/

Immediate use






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getting started with e learning
Getting started with e-Learning

Designing, creating and using effective e-resources and other e-activities is one way to get going. E-Learning helps…

  • engage learners attention
  • make learning interesting and fun
  • provide a range of activities that students want to complete
  • allow active learning to take place

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which tools do i use
Which tools do I use?
  • With the bewildering array of learning technologies now available, it can be difficult for the practitioner to know where to start.
  • How do you select the right tool to achieve a particular learning objective?

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A good place to start is the eToolbox service hosted by JISC RSC Wales. This has been designed for use by post-16 education practitioners interested in enhancing their teaching practice through technology. (also available from the RSC for London website -

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For information on any of the tools mentioned, please contact Lorraine Sperring at

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