iPads and eReaders


2010 – ongoing


CLT and the LSE Library have been working together with a number of postgraduate programmes to look at how course resources and learning activities could be developed with mobile devices and e-book readers in mind.

Specifically, the TRIUM executive MBA programme are running a pilot study to look at student attitudes to being provided with electronic readings where they have traditionally been sent paper course packs via worldwide courier service. The students are entirely distance based – only meeting once or twice per term.

Another executive Masters programme is planning to issue students with Kindle e-readers and others are looking at various options in this area.

CLT have also been looking at various study apps for the iPad, such as digital notetaking and organisation applications.


IRIS (Improving your Reading and Information Skills)


2008 – ongoing


This project with LSE’s External Programme has developed an information skills course for EMFSS (Economics, Maths, Finance and Social Sciences) students in Moodle. The course includes learning resources, self assessment and video materials that were prepared in conjunction with the University of London’s Online Library team. There are currently four modules available to students.


Lecture recording research


2010 – ongoing


In 2010, CLT conducted a series of interviews with lecturers to investigate their atttitudes towards lecture capture (the automated recording and distribution of lectures). The subjects were chosen so as to have an even balance of users and non-users of the system. The resulting interviews were transcribed and are being qualitatively analysed using a thematic approach. Preliminary results were presented at the ALT-C 2010 conference in Nottingham, and the analysis is now being refined for publication and for presentation at LSE Teaching Day 2011.




The initial project which introduced lecture capture system to the LSE was highly recommended by UCISA in 2007. The application for the Awards explains the pedagogical reasons for the development of an integrated, scalable, cost effective video lecture capture and podcasting service. It was a joint entry by CLT and IT Services.


Moodle development




Moodle is open source software, meaning that the underlying code is available and can be legally modified. This means that we have been able to make localised changes to our version of Moodle to meet teachers’ specific requirements. We have also been able to add plug-ins to give Moodle greater functionality. Such development work is ongoing, and forthcoming plans include a proposed integration between Moodle and LSEforYou to allow data to be shared between the two systems. Also, we are currently testing Moodle 2.0, the next-generation version, and preparing for a proposed switch to the new system in September 2012.


Completed Projects


Blogging in Education


2006 – 2010


CLT hosted several blogs for a variety of educational uses. This pilot service has now been withdrawn and replaced by the LSE Blogs service.


    • The Finalists was run by the LSE Careers Service.  Final year students wrote about their progress as they searched for jobs.


    • MSc International Political Economy A ‘news’ blog used to advertise events and make course announcements.


    • Charlie Beckett, the Director of POLIS, provides commentary and opinion as well as using the blog to provide information about POLIS and their activities.


    • Aluxtel bootcamp was a 2-week intensive group-work project for the IS471 Systems Development course. The blog was used to distribute resources and information to the group on a daily basis, and allowed students to add comments and get answers to their questions.


CMC – Communicating in Multilingual Contexts: Awareness and development of academic language skills for mobility students.


2005 – 2007


The project, which involves universities from Italy, Holland, Portugal, Slovakia and Spain, is designed to cater for the needs of mobility students prior to exchange programmes, with particular focus on academic language skills development. As part of this project each institution filmed role-playing scenes around their respective institutions, to provide exchange students with a visual taste of the different campus experiences, and to help students work through language barriers when opening a bank account, arranging travel, ordering food in the canteen and so on. The CLT have helped organise and produce the media for this project.


DART – Digital Anthropology Resources for Teaching


2003 – 2008


DART is a joint project between the London School of Economics and Columbia University, funded by JISC in the UK as part of its Digital Libraries in the Classroom programme, and by the National Science Foundation in the US. The project aims to develop digital resources for the teaching of undergraduate anthropology, including digital library technologies to allow flexible use of online resources. See the DART project website for further details.


DELIVER – Digital Electronic Library Integration within Virtual Environments


2002 – 2003


A project, funded by JISC, to design and implement software tools to facilitate the creation and use of course-based resource lists. See the DELIVER project website for further details.


Digitisation of core Readings Survey



This short project is a joint initiative between CLT and UCL Library Services to conduct a survey of higher education institutions in the UK who are digitising core readings under the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) Licence or with permission from rightsholders.

Second Life Spanish Club &
Second Life exhibition: Déja vu?


2009 – 2010

CLT, in collaboration with teachers at the Language Centre, have begun a pilot project to explore the use of Second Life for teaching and learning. LSE Spanish students had the opportunity to participate in activities on an LSE owned island called Castors Retreat, as part of the LSE Second Life Spanish Club. LSE students and teachers of the French Language & Society course (LN330) developed and launched the virtual exhibition Déja vu? in Castors Retreat.


Castors Retreat is a private LSE space which provides areas for group and class work, as well as a conference centre, entertainment and games areas. Students and staff can practice their Second Life building skills in specified areas or participate in role playing scenes via the ‘Holodeck’: a floating platform above the island, where you can transform an area into different settings, from a bus station to a theme park.


The aim of the projects are to pursue the potential opportunities the virtual environment has to offer, to address the challenges and issues of integrating Second Life into the curriculum and to suggest best practices in this area. CLT have been supporting all pilot users as well as developing the Castors Retreat island.


Note: Castors Retreat is still available to LSE students and staff. Find out more on Virtual worlds – Second Life




2003 – 2004


CLT collaborated with the LSE Language Centre to distribute online the work of their artist-in-residence, Michel Herreria. Michel is a French animator whose work reflects aspects of contemporary French society. Social science students used his work as part of a French language course at LSE. See the French Visual Art and Politics and the Flippant website for further details.




2007 – 2007


To explore how social software tools might support the needs of distance learning students on the University of London External Programme. The project will survey recent developments in the field of social software and provide a comprehensive overview of developments in the library community. Key technologies will be selected for piloting and evaluation with real students on the External Programme. One example of the technologies to be considered is CiteULike, which enables users to store their bibliographic references online and share them with other users, who can add comments and annotations. Student feedback on the experience of using such tools and the impact of their learning will be gathered through interviews and questionnaires. Further information on the LASSIE blog. Further details about this project are available on the LASSIE website.


LSE–Columbia Initiative in Languages


2007 – 2009


The LSE Language Centre collaborated with the Columbia University Language Resource Center (LRC) to determine the best way to store, share and retrieve online teaching and learning material (audio, video and text) produced by university language teaching staff across the world. The repository website was hosted by the LRC based on the Drupal content management system.  The repository was used internally at the LSE but wider international use was limited.


MIDESS – Management of Images in a Distributed Environment with Shared Services


2005 – 2007


MIDESS is a JISC-funded project to explore the use of repository software for managing digital content, in particular images and multimedia, and making this content available both within and across institutions. The project is being led by the University of Leeds, and the LSE, the University of Birmingham, and University College London (UCL) are project partners. While UCL is focusing on intellectual property rights, all other universities are in the process of setting up pilot repository systems, with Leeds implementing Encompass Curator, Birmingham evaluating DSpace and the LSE testing Fedora. Further details are available on the MIDESS project website.


User-oriented support tools for learning analysis and design


2006 – 2008


This project, funded by the Centre for Distance Education (CDE), is developing a set of online tools to support university teachers who are planning to use new technology in their teaching. It is being lead by Diana Laurillard at the Institute of Education and involves lecturers at the Institute, LSE and the Royal Veterinary College. The project is using existing pedagogic design frameworks and a learning activity management system (LAMS) to tests tools for both course- and session-level learning design. CLT staff are part of the project team and are supporting 3 LSE lecturers who are involved in testing and implementing the prototypes.



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