Teaching & Learning Portal


An introduction to e-learning

Find out which tools are available to enhance your teaching

'E-learning' describes teaching and learning methods that are supported or facilitated by the use of technology.

This could include accessing teaching resources and activities online; communication tools and multimedia; online assessment; and classroom technologies such as personal response systems and interactive whiteboards.

A key benefit of e-learning is the increased opportunity for dialogue it offers to students and teachers, which in turn enhances the learning experience.

UCL supports a number of technologies to facilitate e-learning. Click the links to find out more about each tool:

A virtual learning environment where course materials can be easily managed and accessed

Allows teachers to record, edit and broadcast their lectures online

Helps lecturers gauge how much students know about a topic and enlivens the student learning experience

An anti-plagiarism tool that scans work against a large database of websites, books, journals and previously submitted papers

An online space where students can store different forms of media, allowing access to as few or as many people as they like

Ideal for long-distance learning, allowing students to watch and participate in teaching sessions in real time

Academics can share their work online for free – something that UCL is committed to doing with all its research.


For information, training and support on using UCL's e-learning tools and technologies, contact Digital Education.

Case Studies - E-learning

The benefits of lending iPads to students in the UCL School of Pharmacy

The UCL School of Pharmacy’s iPad lending scheme has allowed staff to ask students more challenging questions and has helped students make the most of classes, labs and workshops. A recent Internal Quality Review (IQR) report highlighted the scheme as an example of ‘good practice’.

Published: May 17, 2016 3:08:50 PM

Designing programmes and modules with ABC curriculum design

How can time-pressured academics design effective blended and online courses aligned to the Connected Curriculum? Dr Clive Young and Nataša Perović (UCL Digital Education, ISD) describe ABC curriculum design: a quick way to (re)design programmes and modules through a hands-on workshop where academic teams discuss and create storyboards of students’ activities.

Published: Mar 21, 2016 2:40:48 PM

Using Lynda.com in the UCL Doctoral School Skills Development Programme

Daniela Bultoc (UCL Human Resources) discusses how the UCL Doctoral School Skills Development Programme, open to all graduate research students, provides an opportunity to expand generic research skills and personal transferable skills through face-to-face workshops and, most recently, Lynda.com online video tutorials.

Published: Jan 25, 2016 3:46:14 PM