Characterising effective eLearning resources

Allison Littlejohn, Isobel Falconer*, Lou MCgill

*Corresponding author for this work

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The widespread availability of digital learning resources in a variety of media formats offers the possibility to make a profound difference in education. This potential has not been fully realised for range of interrelated reasons. fit this paper We Study the key characteristics of learning resources that have proved effective in changing learning and teaching, and relate them to existing frameworks for understanding resources. We outline the relationships between resources, their users, and the way they are used, and explore issues that influence practitioners in choosing a particular resource. Our study is based on a review of resources for e-learning and chemistry in post-compulsory education, undertaken for the UK Joint Information Systems Committees (JISC), as part of a wider study examining 'The Effectiveness of Resources, Tools and Support Set-vices used by Tutors in Designing and Delivering E-Learning Activities'. (C) 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)757-771
Number of pages15
JournalComputers & education
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2008


  • media in education
  • teaching/learning strategies
  • improving classroom teaching
  • applications in subject areas
  • authoring tools and methods


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