The eMedia Unit was established in 2000 with the objectives of widening the implementation of e-learning projects across the College. At this time, even the use of PowerPoint was restricted and so significant effort went into providing staff training and technical support to best support the digital curriculum. With the increasing competence and confidence of the staff, the Unit is now able to take a more progressive role supporting staff in identifying and utilising the most effective technologies to support their teaching.
The Unit has always worked closely with students in developing content and using new technologies. This has been found to be an effective way of tapping into the expertise of students who are often more conversant with using technologies and better placed to advise on how they like to learn online. This all helps to address our commitment to enhancing the student learning experience.
Technology has moved a long way since the Unit was founded. The eMedia Unit therefore takes a proactive approach in reviewing new technologies and identifying those that have a value for the RVC. This requires horizon scanning which is only possible for a small College by collaborating with others. Partnerships through the Bloomsbury Learning Environment and the WikiVet project amongst others have helped provide this wider network ensuring that the RVC remains amongst the leaders in the use of e-learning within the UK and also internationally.
The RVC was one of the first institutions in the UK to develop an e-learning strategy. The latest edition of this strategy runs from 2010 to 2015 and maps out how the College intends to use e-learning or technology enhanced learning to enhance the student learning experience. This is challenging given the rapid pace of development in this sector. However, it is clear that technology is going to have an ever greater role to play in future in the way we teach our students - so it is essential to have a strategic vision of how the College could best benefit from these new opportunities.
More examples and information about some of these activities can be found on the Current Projects site.