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Impact of e-learning on learner participation, attainment, retention, and progression in further education : report of a scoping study

Harris, Rachel and Hall, John and Muirhead, Alison and McAteer, Erica and Schmoller, Seb and Thorpe, Graham (2004) Impact of e-learning on learner participation, attainment, retention, and progression in further education : report of a scoping study. [Report]

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    Abstract

    Recent and ongoing work has assessed progress in the provision of Information and Learning Technologies (ILT) to support e-learning in the UK further education (FE) sector. On the whole, this indicates that a strong infrastructure is in place with targets for student and staff access to Internet enabled computers being met in most colleges. Some investigations have been undertaken to review the extent of use of ILT for learning and teaching. These have, however, been at a relatively basic level, for example purely quantifying use of virtual learning environments (VLEs) for storing course documentation. The Scottish Centre for Research into Online Learning and Assessment (SCROLLA) and the SCRE Centre at the University of Glasgow undertook a scoping study of the impact of e-learning on participation, attainment, progression and retention in further education. This study was intended to inform the development of a research design for a later large study of impact.