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New JISC publication explores the learner’s perspective on e-learning

Ros Smith
Last modified 03 Sep, 2007
Published 03 Sep, 2007
A new publication from the JISC e-Learning Programme, "In Their Own Words", has been launched at ALT-C in Nottingham. Synthesising outputs from Phase 1 of the Learners’ Experiences of e-Learning theme, it gives striking insights into learners’ motivations, beliefs and intentions about using technology in learning.

Designed as a flexible package to assist others in understanding the learner’s perspective on e-learning, In Their Own Words also provides a range of resources for internal institutional use. These include two pull-out information sheets on the social software and personal tools and technologies used by the learners participating in the studies, and a CD-ROM containing the original reports from the studies, five video case studies and a series of short guides summarising key messages for different sectors and roles.

In Their Own Words will primarily be of interest to managers, academic practitioners and technical staff in further and higher education, but is also of relevance to researchers and systems and tools developers. Potential uses of the publication and its accompanying resources include:

  • planning and debating institutional e-learning policy and provision
  • informing the development of learning environments and tools for learning and the effective design of learning activities
  • supporting staff development activities centred on the learner’s experience
  • guiding further research into the learner’s perspective on e-learning

Further information

The studies in the two-phase programme of research into learners’ experiences of e-learning are funded under the JISC e-Learning Programme and aim to better inform the design of learning activities and learning environments.

Further details on Phase 1 of the JISC Learner Experiences of e-Learning theme can be found at Information about projects currently underway in Phase 2 is available at

Copies of In Their Own Words may be ordered from or downloaded from


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