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Embedding an integrated learning environment and digital repository in design engineering education : lessons learned for sustainability

Breslin, C. and Nicol, D. and Grierson, H. and Wodehouse, A. and Juster, N. and Ion, W. (2007) Embedding an integrated learning environment and digital repository in design engineering education : lessons learned for sustainability. British Journal of Educational Technology, 38 (5). pp. 805-816. ISSN 0007-1013

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Abstract

This paper describes how a system comprising a learning environment and digital repository is being embedded into the teaching and learning of Design Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. It then maps out the issues that have been encountered, how these have been overcome and how other departments or institutions would be affected if they were to roll out and scale up the use of such tools. These issues are categorised as technological, pedagogical and cultural, and include the adequate provision of support, creating a critical mass of resources, ensuring quality and integration with other technologies. Successful embedding and sustainability requires that senior managers reflect on these key issues at a departmental and/or institutional level before implementation.