About the Institute

The Institute of Learning Innovation brings together teachers and researchers interested in the field of innovation in teaching and learning.


The Institute of Learning Innovation:

  • Builds capacity for research and development into information, communication and learning technologies.
  • Identifies excellent and appropriate ways forward to underpin e-learning strategy and policy for the 21st century, and provide a way of taking research into teaching through modes of learning.
  • Provides a focused way of networking and collaborating nationally and internationally in the field, providing a focus and an interesting place to attract external visitors and collaborators.
  • Deflects the ‘technology-’ or ‘VLE-’driven narrative in the universities in the area of e-learning and instead addresses e-learning as a business and pedagogical development opportunity associated with positive change.
  • Promotes the possibilities of research into teaching across all departments and subjects.
  • Engages academic staff in research projects to introduce learning technologies and new pedagogies into their own teaching.
  • Provides a well-informed forum for discussion of e-learning strategy and choices.
  • Provides a forum and a focus for publications in the e-learning, distance-learning and pedagogical fields.
  • Provides a forum and good support for preparing income-generating bids and resources.
  • And provides an arena for demonstration and discussion of new internal and external developments.


The Institute provides:

  • Recognition of efforts already underway and opportunities for innovators to feel recognised and find a ‘voice’ and identity.
  • Synergies between individuals and small groups for the purpose of sharing good practice, collaboration and support.
  • For the potential for research and associated publications through a research strategy in the field.
  • Opportunities for identification, experimentation and exploration of ideas leading to further innovation and longer-term projects.
  • And provides a suitable environment to attract research students interested in this domain.


Bidding for research funds is enhanced because:

  • Many funding bodies value interdisciplinary and collaborative projects.
  • There is a strong need at this point in time to go beyond 'what works' and into well-conceptual models.
  • There is a lot of competition for e-learning and learning technologies funding.
  • The Institute brings skills together and therefore increases success.


The broad areas addressed by the Institute include:

  • Development and testing of concepts, models and theories.
  • Rigorous research methodologies, appropriate for exploiting 'e' for research.
  • Identification, promotion and support of good practice in an accessible knowledge base for learning and teaching online.
  • Strategy and policy development.
  • The role, training, development and competencies of online teachers (e-moderators).
  • Scenarios for the future of teaching and learning with new technologies.
  • Models of change associated with introduction of new pedagogies and technologies, especially low input, high value processes, designing for participation, and intervening for learning.
  • Sustainability and multipliers beyond projects.

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