Learning technology praised for being 'at the heart of University strategy'

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The University of Nottingham has once again been recognised for its ground-breaking work in online learning at the Learning Technologist of the Year awards.

By sealing the runners up prize for their Open Nottingham project, the University’s Learning Technologies team has now been shortlisted at the awards four times in the last five years, taking the top prize in 2009.

This year Open Nottingham, which provides students and staff with course materials from over 70 per cent of schools within the University, was chosen by judges at the Association for Learning Technology’s conference for putting “learning technology at the heart of the institution’s strategy”.

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The way the services have been developed and are used within the university, the extent to which the team’s work is influencing academic practice and the relevance of the team’s work to the University’s activities in China and Malaysia, were also commended following a year of much development.

In addition to a 500% increase in the University’s own content over the last academic year, Open Nottingham now includes ground-breaking websites with proven global impact.

One of these websites – the Xpert repository – boasts the largest collection of open learning resources in the world, while the pioneering Xpert Attribution service tackles two of the biggest barriers to the wide spread use of openly available learning materials – time and confidence surrounding the reuse of third party material.

After collecting the award, Open Learning Support Officer Steve Stapleton, revealed that as an established part of the University’s five year plan, work will continue to expand Nottingham’s online teaching, drawing on resources from all over the globe.

He said: “Open Nottingham can help promote the excellent teaching and learning activities on offer at the University and also help promote schools and individual academics who release content.

“It can also help to broaden the educational experience of students, by helping them tap into a significant amount of openly available material on the internet. This award really helps to show that both students and academic staff believe in the principles of access to education for all.”

To access Open Nottingham, please visit www.nottingham.ac.uk/open  

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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham, described by The Sunday Times University Guide 2011 as ‘the embodiment of the modern international university’, has award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. It is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 75 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and the QS World University Rankings. It was named ‘Europe’s greenest university’ in the UI GreenMetric World University Ranking, a league table of the world’s most environmentally-friendly higher education institutions, which ranked Nottingham second in the world overall.

The University is committed to providing a truly international education for its 40,000 students, producing world-leading research and benefiting the communities around its campuses in the UK and Asia.

More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Research Fortnight analysis of RAE 2008 ranked the University 7th in the UK by research power.

The University’s vision is to be recognised around the world for its signature contributions, especially in global food security, energy & sustainability, and health.

More news from the University at: www.nottingham.ac.uk/news

First prize at the Association for Learning Technology’s conference went to the In-Folio Implementation Team for its e-portfolio system, which enables learners, particularly those with disabilities or learning difficulties, to store, arrange and organise multimedia content in simple online pages.

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More information is available from Andy Beggan, Head of Learning Technology, The University of Nottingham at andy.beggan@nottingham.ac.uk
Harry Waddle

Harry Waddle - Students Communications Officer

Email: harry.waddle@nottingham.ac.uk Phone: +44 (0)115 823 2353 Location: University Park

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