"Students don't talk about learning with technology, they talk about learning. The technology is a given."

Dr Stephen Rowett, ELE


teacher with two students

Teaching tools and technologies

'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.

E-learning at UCL

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

  • Moodle enables students and lecturers to interact within a collaborative virtual learning environment where course materials can be easily managed and accessed. 
  • Lecturecast allows teachers to record, edit and broadcast their lectures online. This is particularly advantageous for students whose first language is not English and for those with learning disabilities.
  • Electronic voting systems (EVS) can help lecturers gauge how much students know about a topic; using EVS also enlivens the student learning experience. 
  • Turnitin is a tool designed to deter and detect plagiarism, whereby submitted work is scanned against a large database of websites, books, journals and previously submitted papers.
  • MyPortfolio is an online space where students can store all their notes and work, allowing access to as few or as many people as they like.
  • Web conferencing is ideal for long-distance learning, allowing students to watch and participate in teaching sessions as they happen.
  • Open educational resources allow academics to share their work online for free - something that UCL is committed to doing with all its research.
  • Summits & Horizons is a joint venture between CALT and E-LE, presenting a series of lunchtime events looking at new e-learning in UCL in which two or three speakers discuss how they've used new technologies in their teaching.

Read the E-Learning Strategy 2012-2015.


For information, training and support on using UCL's e-learning tools and technologies, contact E-Learning Environments (ELE).

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