Enriching learning through interactive technologies in the online, blended and face-to-face contexts

Stan Oliver*, David Stoten

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In recent years, UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) have responded to a range of research, policy and market drivers to create innovative programmes that promote research-rich approaches to learning. This drive to promote inquiry-based, research-rich learning has subsequently informed much of the innovative approaches adopted in Higher Education in a range of settings including online learning.

Information technology enables the learning journey to be personalised, as well as facilitating new forms of group dynamics. In particular, the use of a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) supports learners’ engagement, and offers new and rich opportunities to explore the full potential of online learning. The development has redefined the work of educators, so that they become architects of the learning journey through the scaffolding of learning, managing student interaction and the creation of stimulating learning material.

This chapter offers a new model of online learning that integrates the potential of a VLE and the educator as architect. This chapter provides a theoretical introduction to online learning and then offers a model based on professional experience of how this may be delivered to students.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOrganisation Studies and Human Resource Management
Subtitle of host publicationAn Educator's Handbook
EditorsKate Black, Russell Warhurst
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780429262937
ISBN (Print)9780367206895
Publication statusPublished - 11 Nov 2021


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