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The LearnEM project

This webpage details the findings of a desk study and survey carried out at ICBL as part of the LearnEm project.  LearnEm is a joint project between the Higher Education Academy Engineering Subject Centre and the UK Centre for Materials Education which aims to promote the sharing of learning resources. Our approach is to take resources that, as a result of IPR, technical or cultural issues, are currently locked into disparate collections, and make them available as learning objects through the Jorum repository

As a first step in this project we have attempted to identify the current status of relevant resources produced using public funds. We list here information on the development history of the resources, how widely used they were, their current availability and who owns the IPR. This information will help us prioritise which resources to work on during the LearnEm projects, and we hope it will be of use to anyone who is minded to attempt similar work. Some of the resources surveyed have a SearchLT description which provides additional information on the content.

Projects shortlisted by LearnEM team

On discovering a suitable resource, which may be a result of following up on public funding initiatives or may be the result of individuals contacting us, we carry out some research to determine its history and previous use. One key factor is whether we can locate the owner of the resource and whether they are likely to agree to it being repurposed, repackaged and/or published more widely. Selection for further work is dependant on the availability of the resource and evidence of its quality; if a resource is not selected we keep a record of the reasons, which we hope will be useful if anyone else is trying to locate the resource.

To search within the listed descriptions use the search box below.

Full list of 25 resources from the identified by the LearnEM project listed below.

CALGroup Engineering Consortium

Funding: TLTP Phase 1 Project No 19

Resources Available: CD Rom.

Date of Funding: 1992-1995

Usage: Widely used within academic community. Purchased by 80 Universities and FE Colleges.

Subsequent Work: subsequent versions were released and new features such as assessment and monitoring were added. Latest Version 3.0 was released in 1999.

Follow on Work: Basic Electronics and Data Communications Modules are currently being rejuvenated by the ReSET project.

Contact: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/calgroup (Project Website Out of Date)

ReSET has made contact with some of the CAL Group authors and would be available upon request.

Search LT Description: Yes

IPR: Copyright is owned by the institutions of the original authors. ReSET has obtained licence for the above modules (2006).

URL(s):
 •  http://www.lboro.ac.uk/calgroup

CALTIE - Computer Aided Laboratory Teaching in Education

Funding: TLTP Phase 2 Project No 70

Date of Funding: 1993-1996

Resources Available: Resources No longer Available.

Usage:

Subsequent Work:

Follow on Work:

Contact: http://caltie.coventry.ac.uk (Unavailable)

Engineering Subject Centre has been unable to make any contact with Caltie.

Search LT Description: No

CALVISUAL - Implementation of Computer Imagery and Visualisation in Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Funding: TLTP Phase 3 Project No 78

Date of Funding: 1998-2000

Resources Available: Around 2000 images and 13 Video Clips for Civil Engineering on CD.

Subsequent Work: Website with images grouped together by topic available to download as zip file.

Follow on Work:

Contact: http://calvisual.lboro.ac.uk (Original Website)

http://www.engsc.ac.uk/resources/calvisual (Engineering SC CALVisual Site)

SearchLT Description: Yes

IPR: Need to clarify whether LBoro or ENGSC?

URL(s):
 •  http://calvisual.lboro.ac.uk
 •  http://www.engsc.ac.uk/resources/calvisual (Engineering SC CALVisual Site)

CALVISUAL - Implementation of Computer Imagery and Visualisation in Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Funding: TLTP Phase 3 Project No 78

Date of Funding: 1998-2000

Resources Available: Around 2000 images and 13 Video Clips for Civil Engineering on CD.

Subsequent Work: Website with images grouped together by topic available to download as zip file.

Follow on Work:

Contact: http://calvisual.lboro.ac.uk (Original Website)

http://www.engsc.ac.uk/resources/calvisual (Engineering SC CALVisual Site)

SearchLT Description: Yes

IPR: Need to clarify whether LBoro or ENGSC?

URL(s):
 •  http://calvisual.lboro.ac.uk
 •  http://www.engsc.ac.uk/resources/calvisual (Engineering SC CALVisual Site)

CATEEC - Computer Aided Technology & Engineering Education Consortium

Funding: TLTP Phase 2 Project No 57

Date of Funding: 1993-1996

Resources Available: Suite of CAL Packages. (In toolbook, difficult conversion).

Usage: ?

Subsequent Work: ?

Follow on Work: ?

Contact: http://www.textiles.umist.ac.uk/research/cateec/index.htm (Out of Date)

UKCME has had some contact, available upon request.

SearchLT Description: Yes

IPR: University of Manchester

URL(s):
 •  http://www.textiles.umist.ac.uk/research/cateec/index.htm

ECorr - CAL Course For the Teaching of Corrosion in Engineering

Funding: TLTP Phase 2 Project No 72

Date of Funding: 1994-1996

Resources Available: CAL Package CD Rom and Online courses available. (Made in toolbook, difficult conversion).

Usage: Used within Manchester University and with Distance learning students. Believed to be still used in other institutions.

Subsequent Work: Some aspects were recently incorporated in Mentor-C, a project funded by the EU Leonardo programme.

Follow on Work: ECorr would like to make available for web delivery but they don't have the resources to do this.

Contact: http://www.cp.umist.ac.uk/CAL/Default.htm (Still active 2006)

Contact made through Engineering Subject Centre and UKCME.

SearchLT Description: Yes

IPR: ECorr (Consortium) Should be ok.

URL(s):
 •  http://www.cp.umist.ac.uk/CAL/Default.htm

GeotechniCAL - Geotechnical Computer Aided Learning

Funding: TLTP Phase 2 Project No 58

Date of Funding: 1993-1996

Resources Available: Simulations. Available on Website.

Usage: Widely used within worldwide geotechnical community.

Subsequent Work: New material added

Follow on Work:

Contact: http://www.uwe.ac.uk/geocal/ (Website still available 2006).

Contact made through Engineering Subject Centre, available upon request.

SearchLT Description: Yes

IPR: IPR rests with the original authors. Resources are freely available to academics are designed to be customisable.

URL(s):
 • http://www.uwe.ac.uk/geocal/

INTERACT - Interactive Engineering Teaching and Learning Project

Funding: TLTP Phase 1 Project No 20

Date of Funding: 1992-1995

Resources Available: Many simulations were produced, however dated technology causes problems running and compiling these simulations (UNIX Based).

Usage: Only 1 of the simulations is being used at Cambridge, but will no longer be used as of 2007 due to dated technology.

Follow on Work: Interact project moved to Heriot Watt and developed into the MultiVerse project. MultiVerse spun out as a company. MultiVerse resources now owned by Jelsim.

Contact: http://interact-www.eng.cam.ac.uk (Unavailable)

Contact was made through Engineering Subject centre.

Search LT Description: No

IPR: Copyright owned by institutions of each of the Research Associates who worked on the project. May be difficult to trace.

URL(s):
 •  http://interact-www.eng.cam.ac.uk

QUEST - Quality in Engineering through Simulation Technology

Funding: TLTP Phase 2 Project No 55

Date of Funding: 1993-1996

Resources Available: Library of Simulations

Subsequent Work: ?

Follow on Work: ?

Contact: http://www.surrey.ac.uk/MME/Research/CEET/quest.html (Out of Date)

Engineering subject centre has not been able to contact members of Compact as yet.

Search LT Description: No

IPR: ?

URL(s):
 •  http://www.surrey.ac.uk/MME/Research/CEET/quest.html

WEBENG - Procedures, Tools and Strategies for Engineering Education

Funding: ScotCIT

Date of Funding: ?

Resources Available: Java and Non Java Internet Based Tools.

Usage: Widely Used within Strathclyde University.

Follow on Work: Further development of other resources.

Contact: (No current website)

Engineering subject Centre has made some contact with project leaders, available upon request.

Search LT Description: No

IPR: Strathclyde University

URL(s):
 • None

BuilDNER - Databank of Building Images for the DNER

Funding: Jisc Funded

Date of Funding: 2000-2001

Resources Available: 15,000 digital images/slides of civil engineering

Subsequent Work: Herbe project. http://www.lisa.sbu.ac.uk/herbe/herbe.html (Database inactive 2006)

Follow on Work: ?

Contact: http://www.lisa.lsbu.ac.uk/008_dbresources/slides(wam).htm (Database of images still active 2006)

Engineering Subject Centre has made some contact, available upon request.

Search LT Description: No

IPR: No documentary proof is available that London South Bank University actually owns material, so images were never uploaded into a portal.

URL(s):
 •  http://www.lisa.lsbu.ac.uk/008_dbresources/slides(wam).htm

COMPACT - Computer Aided Concrete Teaching

Funding: TLTP Phase 2 Project No 56 - TLTP Phase 3 Project No 88

Date of Funding: 1993-1996 1997-2000

Resources Available: CAL Package on CD Rom, Now Available to download.

Follow on Work: TLTP Phase 3 Project No 88 Embedding Compact produced documentation to support teaching.

Follow on Work: ?

Contact: http://compact.shef.ac.uk (Resources available but website out of date 2006)

Engineering subject centre has not been able to contact members of Compact as yet.

Search LT Description: No

IPR: ?

URL(s):
 •  http://compact.shef.ac.uk

CVU - Clyde Virtual University

Funding: Use of MANS Project

Date of Funding: ?

Resources Available: Unknown

Usage: Not currently in use.

Follow on Work: ?

Contact:

Some contact made through Engineering Subject centre.

Search LT Description: No

IPR: Strathclyde University

DoITPoMS Dissemination of IT for the Promotions of Materials Science

Funding: FDTL Phase 3 Project (8/99)

Date of Funding: 1999?

Resources Available: Teaching and Learning Packages. Micrograph Library.

Usage:

Follow on Work: Cambridge Still Active in Disseminating Material

Contact: http://www.msm.cam.ac.uk/doitpoms/ (Still active 2006).

Contact made through UK Centre for Materials Education, available upon request.

Search LT Description: No

IPR: Copyright University of Cambridge.

URL(s):
 • http://www.doitpoms.ac.uk
 • http://www.msm.cam.ac.uk/doitpoms/

EDEC - Electronic Design Education Consortium

Funding: TLTP Phase 1 Project No 18 - Phase 3 Project no 98

Date of Funding: 1992-1994 1997-2000

Resources Available: CD Rom.

Usage: Widely used within academic community. 30 institutions are using/have used EDEC.

Follow on Work: Formed EDEC Multimedia LTD - Development ended 2001-2.

Follow on Work: Electronic Circuit Design Module is currently being rejuvenated by the ReSET project.

Contact: http://mint.cs.man.ac.uk/Projects/edec/ (Project Website Out of Date)

ReSET has made some contact with EDEC partners and would be available upon request.

Search LT Description: Yes

IPR: Copyright owned by EDEC Multimedia LTD. ReSET has licence to rejuvenate material (2006).

URL(s):
 •  http://mint.cs.man.ac.uk/Projects/edec/

FILTER - Focussing Images for Learning and Teaching - an Enriched Resource (Civil Engineering Tutorial)

Funding: Jisc Funded - Learning and Teaching (5/99) Programme

Date of Funding: 2001-2003

Resources Available: Civil Engineering Tutorial plus images and video clips

Subsequent Work: ?

Follow on Work: ?

Contact: http://www.filter.ac.uk (Website still active but contact details out of date 2006)

Some contact has been made with author of Civil Engineering Technology, available upon request.

Search LT Description: No

IPR: IPR remains with the original authors/their institutions.

Author of Civil Engineering Technology Tutorial (Loughborough University) has given permission to use his work.

Terms of Use: Resources may be used for non-profit educational purposes.

URL(s):
 •  http://www.filter.ac.uk

FILTER - Focussing Images for Learning and Teaching - an Enriched Resource (Levelling Tutorial)

Funding: Jisc Funded - Learning and Teaching (5/99) Programme

Date of Funding: 2001-2003

Resources Available: Levelling Tutorial and Images.

Subsequent Work: ?

Follow on Work: ?

Contact: http://www.filter.ac.uk (Website still active but contact details out of date 2006)

http://www.levelling.uhi.ac.uk

Some contact has been made with author of Levelling tutorial, available upon request.

Search LT Description: No

IPR: IPR remains with the original authors/their institutions.

Author of Levelling Tutorial (Orkney College) has given permission to use his work.

Terms of Use: Resources may be used for non-profit educational purposes. Content must be used in its entirety and author/Orkney College must be attributed as author.

URL(s):
 •  http://www.filter.ac.uk
 •  http://www.levelling.uhi.ac.uk

HELM - Helping Engineers Learn Mathematics

Funding: FDTL Phase 4 Project (48/02)

Date of Funding: October 2002 - September 2005

Resources Available: 50 Workbooks available as PDF, CAL Packages, Computer Aided Assessment available on CD. Online Demos.

Usage: Widely used within academic community. Over 40 Registered participants.

Follow on Work: Loughborough University's Mathematical Educational Centre has taken responsibility for distribution of resources.

Follow on Work: Content currently being rejuvenated by the ReSET project.

Contact: http://helm.lboro.ac.uk/ (Still active 2006)

ReSET has made contact with HELM and this information would be available upon request.

Search LT Description: No

IPR: Copyright owned by HELM consortium. ReSET is in process of obtaining licence for rejuvenation (2006).

URL(s):
 •  http://helm.lboro.ac.uk/

IDER - Intelligent Design Engineering Research

Funding: TLTP Phase 2 Project No 59

Date of Funding: 1993-1996

Resources Available: CAL Packages on CD Rom, Online Version also available. Simulations of experts.

Usage: Unknown, still available for download from website and may still be well used.

Subsequent Work: Addition resources created aimed at schools called blueprint.

Follow on Work: No current development.

Contact: http://www.ider.herts.ac.uk/ider (Resources still available but website out of date)

Engineering Subject Centre has been unable to contact anyone involved in the project as yet.

SearchLT Description: Yes

IPR: University of Hertfordshire.

URL(s):
 •  http://www.ider.herts.ac.uk/ider

Jelsim - Java E-Learning Simulations

Funding: n/a

Resources Available: Jelsim acquired the IPR of the MultiVerse project.

Usage: Some of the original simulations believed to be still used at Heriot Watt University.

Subsequent Work: Development of additional applets and Jelsim builder, allowing users the ability to create their own content.

Follow on Work: Jelsim plan to make their content free and open source, allowing users to customise their content.

Contact: http://www.jelsim.org (Active 2006)

Engineering Subject Centre has had some contact with Jelsim, available upon request.

Search LT Description: No

IPR: Copyright owned by Jelsim

URL(s):
 •  http://www.jelsim.org

Marble - Man Accessible Resource Based Learning

Funding: Use of MANS Project

Date of Funding: ?

Resources Available: Unknown

Usage: ?

Follow on Work: ?

Contact: Engineering subject centre has had contact with the project leader but no further information was available.

Search LT Description: No

IPR: Heriot Watt University

MATTER - Materials Teaching Educational Resources

Funding: TLTP Phase 2 Project No 69.

Date of Funding: 1993-1998

Resources Available: CD Rom and Online Resources Available, simulations etc.

Usage: Widely used within worldwide academic community. Some material is also used by industry for training purposes.

Subsequent Work:Additional resources for Universities and Schools have been produced such as SteelMatter, AluMatter, AluSelect, SteelUniversity.org.

Follow on Work: Content currently being rejuvenated by the ReSET project.

Contact: http://www.matter.org.uk (Still active 2006)

Contact made through UK Centre for Materials Education.

SearchLT Description: Yes

IPR: Copyright owned by Matter. ReSET is in process of obtaining licence for rejuvenation (2006).

URL(s):
 •  http://www.matter.org.uk

Scholar - Campus Wide Structure for Multimedia Learning

Scholar - Campus Wide Structure for Multimedia Learning

Funding: TLTP Phase 1 Project No 6

Date of Funding: 1992-1995

Resources Available: Two Online Tutorials.

Usage: ~230 students per year within Southampton University - Institutional Project.

Subsequent Work:Implementation into BlackBoard. Development of quizzes etc.

Follow on Work:

Contact: http://www.soton.ac.uk/~pasr1 Phase Diagrams (Still Active 2006).
http://www.soton.ac.uk/~engmats/xtal/index.htm Crystallography (Still Active 2006).

Contact made through Engineering Subject Centre and UKCME, available upon request.

Search LT Description: No

IPR: University of Southampton. Willing to share.

URL(s):
 • http://www.soton.ac.uk/~pasr1
 •  http://www.soton.ac.uk/~engmats/xtal/index.htm (Crystallography)

SteelCAL - Computer Aided Learning in Structural Steel Work Design

Funding: E.C.PROJECT REFERENCE MM1025(ET)

Date of Funding: 1998-2000

Resources Available: CAL Package on DVD

Usage: Over 2500 copies of DVD Distributed to UK Universities in 2005

Subsequent Work: ?

Follow on Work: ?

Contact: http://www.steelcal.org (Website still active 2006)

Search LT Description: No

IPR: ?

Terms of Use: ?

URL(s):
 •  http://www.steelcal.org

TILT - Teaching with Independent Learning Technologies

Funding: TLTP Phase 1 Project No 1

Date of Funding: 1992-1995

Resources Available: Some Engineering resources were created.

Usage: Materials used for many years, some may still be in used. Others superseded by other packages. Software may still be available.

Follow on Work: Material has been edited and repackage by others in academic community often with no charge.

Follow on Work: ?

Contact: http://www.elec.gla.ac.uk/TILT/ (Available but out of date).

Some contact made through Engineering Subject centre.

Search LT Description: No

IPR: Glasgow University.

URL(s):
 •  http://www.elec.gla.ac.uk/TILT/