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There are increasing and varied pressures driving the rise in use of e-Learning within UK higher education. There is no doubt that new technologies provide exciting opportunities for enhancement and innovation in learning.

Materials Science – being a technology-driven subject – lends itself well to this, and a number of specialist resources have been created by those working in the discipline, for use by everyone.

MATTER

MATTER was set up as a non-profit consortium of UK materials science departments in 1993 to develop and help integrate computer-based learning (CBL) materials into mainstream teaching.

Since then they have gone on to create a number of very high quality resources, including websites, in-depth simulations and CD-ROMs to assist in the delivery of teaching Materials Science.

These include:

*Some of the content of this CD-ROM has now been converted for use online or in a VLE, you can find the pages here.

DoiTPoMS

Based at Cambridge University, the DoiTPoMS (Dissemination of IT for the Promotion of Materials Science) project has developed a high quality series of Teaching and Learning Packages (TLPs) based on the key areas of Materials Science. In addition they have an extensive Micrograph library, containing over 650 micrographs intended for use in teaching and learning, and also a Video library.

Other Resources

Some key resources:


To view the full descriptive record for each resource click the '[View full description/Comments] ' link after the title.



Full list of from the elearning section listed below.

Effective practice in a digital age : a guide to technology-enhanced learning and teaching
This guide updates the 2004 JISC guide, Effective Practice with e-Learning, and draws on outcomes from the Design for Learning and Technology Enhanced Learning Environments themes of the JISC e-Learning Programme. It is aimed at those in further and higher education, both experienced practitioners and those new to the field. Ten new case studies "offer a choice of pathways reflecting the diversity of approaches taken by practitioners in current UK practice". This web page contains download options for the guide and links to other related resources.

Author(s): JISC (Corporate Author)

URL(s):
 • http://www.jisc.ac.uk/practice

Resource description originator
The design of a computer-based maths toolbox for engineering students
This document outlines the design of a computer-based maths toolbox
for engineering students, resulting from Mini-Project funding awarded by the Engineering Subject Centre. The paper discusses guidelines for effectively collating and integrating learning, support, application, communication and diagnostic tools, to produce a "Mathematics Gateway" for engineering students. Consideration is also given to effective ways of integrating the gateway into engineering curricula, and to creating a local (e.g. departmental) identity for access and use of the gateway over the internet by others...(more)

Author(s): Esat Alpay, Spyridon D. Masouros

URL(s):
 • http://www.engsc.ac.uk/downloads/maths-gateway.pdf

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Case study : enhancing the learning of structural concepts through using a website and Blackboard
This Engineering Subject Centre case study looks at the ways in which the Seeing and Touching Structural Concepts website and Blackboard has been used to enhance the way that students learn about structural concepts.

Author(s): Tianjian Ji, Adrian Bell

URL(s):
 • http://www.engsc.ac.uk/downloads/scholarart/tianjian-ji-case-stu

Global people resource bank
This is the website of The Global People resource bank. The resources were designed for those who are planning and running international collaborative projects. It origins are in the eChina-UK Programme1 that created new collaborations between UK and Chinese Higher Education Institutions around the development of e-learning materials. Downloadable resources include reports, reviews and research papers written by the Global People team - including the Life Cycle Model, the Competency Framework and the Learning Process Model.

Author(s): University of Warwick Centre for Applied Linguistics

URL(s):
 • http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/globalpeople/resourceban

Electronic Voting Systems (EVS) resources from reap
This is a web page about Electronic Voting Systems (EVS) from Re-Engineering Assessment Practices in Scottish Higher Education (reap.ac.uk). It includes links to training material, evaluation reports, evaluation instruments, papers, books, dvds and websites.

Author(s): Martin Hawksey

URL(s):
 • http://www.reap.ac.uk/resourcesEVS.html

Electronic Voting Systems and interactive lectures : entrance lobby
This web page is the entry point for Steve Draper's web pages on Electronic Voting Systems (EVS) for use in lectures and interactive lectures. It provides further information about EVS, interactive lectures and pedagogy.

Author(s): Steve Draper

URL(s):
 • http://www.psy.gla.ac.uk/~steve/ilig/

Resource description originator
Using electronic voting systems to support student learning in engineering
Using electronic voting systems to support student learning in engineering was a free seminar from the Engineering Subject Centre's online seminar series that ran on November 12th, 2008. The event explored the theory and successful application of Electronic Voting Systems and Personal Response Systems (EVS/PRS) within education. This web page provides a complete recording of the session, two videocast recordings featuring the views of the presenters and access to an online networking and discussion tool.

Author(s): , Prof. Jim Boyle

URL(s):
 • http://www.engsc.ac.uk/events/using-electronic-voting-systems-to

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Disability legislation: practical guidance for academics
This is a guide jointly produced by the Equality Challenge Unit and the Higher Education Academy. It provides academic staff with information about the application of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) Part 4 to learning and teaching and is suitable for staff training and development. It draws on sector resources and provides examples of issues and good inclusive practice when teaching disabled students. It covers: admissions and induction; programme design and validation; lectures; practicals; group work, seminars and tutorials; e-learning and distance learning; work placements, field trips...(more)

Author(s): Sue Cavanagh, Yvonne Dickinson

URL(s):
 • http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/assets/York/documents/ourwork/tla/dis

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Summary of learning technologies survey results
This is a summary of the results of the Engineering Subject Centre's scoping survey, which focussed on the engineering community's engagement with learning technologies. The document covers the respondent's role; electronic learning resources; VLEs; pedagogical aspects of learning technologies; and Engineering Subject Centre resources.

Author(s): Rob Pearce, Jane Pritchard

URL(s):
 • http://www.engsc.ac.uk/downloads/scholarart/learning-techologies

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Distributed e-learning accessibility case study for the LearnEM Project
This case study describes potential accessibility issues pertaining to the use of packaged resources created by the LearnEM project. An appraisal is made of individual elements of the resources and it is shown how having the resource as a downloadable content package (rather than available on a remote website) may allow the accessibility of the resource to be improved when required. The report was commissioned by TechDis with funds from the JISC Distributed eLearning and Accessibility Project.

Author(s): Lisa J. Rogers, Dr Phil Barker

URL(s):
 • http://www.engsc.ac.uk/downloads/DeLAccCaseStudy.final.doc
 • http://www.engsc.ac.uk/an/learnemproj.asp (Resource via project website)