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The ucisa VLE Review Toolkit provides essential guidance for institutions who are planning to review their virtual learning environments (VLEs).


Constructed using interviews from eleven experienced  HE professionals and eight supplier representatives, the Toolkit considers topics such as requirements gathering and prioritisation, evaluating tenders and hosting.   The  resources section of the Toolkit contains templates and examples provided by universities.


Fiona Strawbridge, Head of Digital Education, University College London and VLE Review Toolkit project lead, explains, “The aim of this Toolkit is to distil the experience, insight and hard lessons learned into a digestible and practical form. It has been developed with input from heads of technology enhanced learning (TEL), project managers, change managers, procurement professionals and commercial VLE providers. Anyone considering running a VLE review should find much of interest - it is full of invaluable insights into the challenges, potential pitfalls, and the ways to achieve a successful outcome. As someone who is about to embark upon a review, I for one will be drawing on it heavily!”


Posted:  3 June 2019

The report on the 2018 Technology Enhanced Learning Survey has been published.

The Report focuses on the current provision within universities and other higher education providers, and the emerging and planned patterns of learning technology usage across the UK HE sector. Read the press release on the Survey results for a synopsis of the survey results.
Posted:  31 October 2018

UCISA-Digital Education Group will be delivering a one day conference on Immersive Learning Environments on 5 December 2018, at Austin Court, Birmingham. If you have been involved in creating, designing or evaluating Immersive Learning Environments we are keen to hear from you and would encourage you to submit a proposal via this form by 14th September 2018:

Posted:  26 July 2018

UCISA is pleased to announce the launch of the Digital Education Group (DEG). The Group aims to aims to identify areas of interest related to the use of technology in support of learning and teaching activities. It provides a forum for the exchange of information on the development and use of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL), primarily through events and Best Practice Guides.  Formerly known as the Academic Support Group, the Group is responsible for producing the biennial Survey of Technology Enhanced Learning higher education in the UK and the supporting case studies, and has also published Best Practice Guides in the areas of Mobile Learning and Engaging Hearts and Minds.

As part of the launch, we are looking to recruit new members to the Group who have an interest in the use of Digital Education and are able to commit time towards the Group’s activities, such as running events, developing case studies or contributing to the TEL Survey. Group members must be from a UCISA Full member organisation and are expected to attend 4-5 meetings per year (typically online, but usually one face-to-face meeting). Participation in the Group offers a great opportunity to become involved in a national group looking at TEL beyond an institutional perspective. We are especially keen to attract early career learning technologists as this provides a unique chance to become more established in the field.

If you’re interested in finding out more, please see the DEG website or contact the DEG Chair (outgoing), Elaine Swift ( or DEG Vice Chair, Fiona Strawbridge (

Posted:  3 August 2017
UCISA has published a series of case studies on institutional approaches to the management of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) services. The collection of case studies is intended to serve as a companion publication to the 2016 Technology Enhanced Learning Survey report, which captures TEL developments across the UK Higher Education (HE) sector.  
Posted:  7 November 2016

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