We have funded 20 projects to develop, run and quality assure technology enhanced courses using reused and repurposed learning materials sourced externally to their institution. These modules will be run with a real cohort of students and projects will evaluate and report on this.

Re-purposing & re-use of digital university-level content & evaluation (RePRODUCE)

We have funded 20 projects to develop, run and quality assure technology enhanced courses using reused and repurposed learning materials sourced externally to their institution. These modules will be run with a real cohort of students and projects will evaluate and report on this. 

The intended outcomes of this work are:

  • To stimulate and inform change in the sector through enhanced capacity, knowledge and skills around the use of information and communications technology  to support learning and teaching
  • High quality external learning content used more often
  • To facilitate the transfer of learning content between institutions, repositories and external web 2.0 content storage
  • Case studies documenting the cultural issues regarding the sharing of content

Projects will run from 1st March 2008 until the end of March 2009. They will keep regular blogs to record their progress. A unique support project has been set up by the JISC Collections Team to help projects deal with the complexity of Copyright Clearance.

Funded projects

Lead institution Project name Summary
JISC Collections CASPER JISC CASPER will be supporting the 20 projects funded as part of RepRODUCE (Repurposing & reuse of digital University-level content and evaluation) as they engage with all of the issues related to IPR and copyright.

University of Bolton



The Project will  develop and pilot a 10 credit level 4 module work-based learning "Working in Groups" for Multi-professional teams working in the field of Regional Regeneration. A key aim of the project is to develop good practice that will deployed extensively by HE providers throughout Greater Manchester working collaboratively to provide Work-based and Work-related Learning to meet the needs of eight key sectors.

University of Chester   

EPHRUM: Environment, Poverty and Health ReUsable Module


This project will be focused on the design, validation and delivery of a 20 credit level 6 option module ‘Environment, Poverty and Health’ (EPH) that will be offered to students on the parent course – BSc Geography.  The first run of the module is intended to be September 2008.

University of Central Lancashire  

ADAPT: Approaches to the Delivery of Anatomy and Physiology Teaching 

This project will redevelop an existing undergraduate module at level 1 that introduces human biology, anatomy and physiology to paramedic students. The module will undergo internal quality assurance and be delivered September 2009 over two semesters. The module design will be based upon structured deployment of reusable and repurposed learning materials sourced externally (65%) and internally (35%) to provide knowledge and information about normal functioning of the human body and enable problem based and solution focused learning.

University of Central Lancashire    

ATLAS: Approaching Teaching Learning and ASsessment 

This project will address the need for educational development of the growing numbers of staff, teaching on higher education awards, for whom attendance on a traditional course, such as the Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, proves impractical. This target group includes staff who are delivering higher education awards through franchised and partner colleges, abroad and in the FE sector, as well as hourly paid staff, who have an increasingly significant input to courses. The project would include using an action research approach to encourage reflection and engagement in the evaluation of the new award and reworked materials by the project team, learning support personnel, hourly paid staff and representatives from partner colleges.

University of Central Lancashire  

Biology of Pain


This project will develop an interactive e-based module which will allow students across a range of science disciplines to both understand and also self-test their knowledge of the processes that occur to generate and relay pain stimuli around the body. This module will also allow the students to interact with e-learning material and also to undertake a degree of self testing. This module will subsequently be made re-available to the education community as 'learning objects'. These will be customisable by staff to match the academic requirements of students from a range of levels and disciplines.

University of Central Lancashire    

REVOLVE: Re-using Educational and Vocational Objects for Learning in Virtual Environments


The REVOLVE project aims to deliver a technology-enhanced module in Customer experience Management delivered by e-learning that uses and repurposes existing materials from a variety of sources. The Module to be developed will be a new module for final year undergraduate students, both distance learners and campus based students in the Business and Management subject area.

University of Coventry

Introduction to Advertising


 This project will develop a Level 200 Credit module for delivery to business and art and design students in a variety of technology enhanced delivery modes including online and blended formats. The module will be visually rich and promote collaborative working among students. The outputs will include the module itself and, at finer level of granularity, a collection of related IMS/SCORM compliant learning objects and the learning design. The project will use LPP tools to structure and guide module development.

University of Coventry 

ROCOCO: Research methods


This blended learning project will develop content to support a taught introductory research methods module for post graduate students taking research degrees either at MPhil or doctoral level with a research proposal as the output. It equates to 10 CATS points and will include exemplars from a number of subject areas. It is formatted into segments which in turn may be reused or opened and then content can be reused. This module can be also be customised at the point of delivery to include appropriate disciplinary content, so features a “Common Spine” module with a subject specific “wrapper”.

University of Coventry 

Maths Support


To reuse existing external learning resources and produce associated new learning resources to support mathematics learning for science-based subjects; to trial out these resources in sigma’s Proactive Teaching Programme; and to investigate making these resources available to the UK HE sector via existing websites associated with sigma.

Edge Hill University



This project aims to redevelop an existing Professional Development week, 15 credit, level 6 module, CPD304: Dyslexia and Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) in Higher Education – Support Issues. It will involve the repurposing of objects (drawn from Jorum and other credible sector sources) related to themes which are germane to learning support, such as writing, reading and memory, and (providing materials to bridge a current gap) the generation of new multimedia objects which focus on learners’ narratives relating to such themes.

Heythrop College, University of London



To produce two 15-credit technology-enhanced modules in Research Methods & Statistics in Psychology which are approved to run in the academic year 2008/2009. The modules to be produced are innovative in a number of ways, including particularly the use of MiMeG as a means of exploring multimedia datasets, the use of the UK Data Archive in teaching, and not just research, and the use of an external virtual online laboratory providing data to be processed locally by the learning objects within the module itself. This project is also hoped to provide a foundation for a further innovative step by providing one half of an integrated approach to introducing psychology at undergraduate level which integrates research methods and psychological theory and content through connected learning objects in different courses.

University of Hull

Using digitised resources to enhance learning in higher education


The project will develop a new module as part of the Post-Graduate Certificate in Education in Higher Education. It will be targeted at staff within the University of Hull and will enable them to use, re-use and share digital content. In doing so it is envisaged staff will be more inclined to use such resources in their teaching and will encourage students themselves to use such resources as part of their assessed work. In this way the module will lever additional support for the deployment of digital resources in teaching and learning in Higher Education.

Leeds Metropolitan University

Making the numbers stack up


This project will use initial diagnostics to target a series of appropriate repackaged content towards students taking a module in Applied Technology and Finance in the first weeks of their first year of study. This tackles a number of difficult areas including a diverse set of students from the Hospitality, Leisure Sport and Tourism Subject area for whom this module is regarded with considerable trepidation. Regular diagnostic testing will ensure students are on target and give them an early indication of the level worthiness of their first efforts in H.E.

Manchester Metropolitan University



The Project will identify and catalogue external e-learning material and use criteria based on current research to select interactive, elaborative, and constructivist learning objects that add value to the learning process within Manchester Metropolitan University’s Computer Science Department’s core Level 1 unit, Introduction to Multimedia and the WWW.  Materials will be integrated into a Learning Design (LD) in collaboration with Liverpool Hope University, and blended with other learning and teaching approaches. The reaggregation process will be pedagogically-driven, and the Project will explore the pedagogical, strategic and technical issues around and obstacles to the effective uptake of reusable content.

St George's University of London

REVIP: Repurposing Existing Virtual Patients


Virtual Patients (VPs) are invaluable resources as tools to develop skills in competency training, where there are decisions, actions and processes to record or mimic. They are very expensive to produce, and those institutions which can make them, are often reluctant to share. This project proposes to repurpose VPs constructed by the University of Heidelberg, embed the repurposed VPs within an appropriately accredited Paediatric module at St George’s University of London, and also make them available to the wider community.

TALL, Oxford University



This project will develop ‘An introduction to the earliest English literature’ online worth 10 CATS points at undergraduate level 1. The 10-week course, which will also include an induction unit for students embarking on online learning, will be delivered as part of for Continuing Education’s accredited weekly class programme.  Mosaic will also develop processes, guidelines and resources to help future online courses to increase their reuse of existing materials and will work with JISC to learning materials and other outputs of the project with the wider HE community.

Thames Valley University

BL4ACE: Blended Learning 4 Academic Competence and Critical Enquiry


This project will develop further the impact and reach of Re-usable Learning Objects across the TVU curriculum. It seeks to re-purpose learning objects into an existing module in alignment with: a module design demonstrated to improve and accelerate learning gain of students in skill areas of academic competence and critical enquiry; a coherent set of learning activities designed to be transferable between levels and Subject areas; a Faculty Blended Learning strategy addressing embedded, pedagogically sound, student e-learning experiences at programme level; a University commitment to embedding blended learning across the studentexperience and in support of achievement and retention.

University of the West of England

ORM: Online Research Methods


This project will develop a 10 credit, level M, online "Research Methods" module. The module is currently taught face-to-face as part of the MSc Financial Management programme. However during the academic year 2008/2009, the programme will be delivered entirely distance to international students resident in their home country.

University of Worcester

SMILE: Study Methods & Information Literacy Exemplars


This project will build on work at the University of Worcester, Loughborough University and Imperial College London. The project team aim to design and deliver a study and information literacy skills module that can be delivered in a blended learning environment.  The module will take students on an information journey, from the conceptualisation of a problem, to finding, synthesising and presenting information back to others. The module will support learners within the HE community from the beginning of their assessment process to the end. The project also aims to illustrate to colleagues within and without their institutions how material can be sourced quickly from learning repositories and customised to meet the needs of institutions.

Swansea Metropolitan University ReCITE (Reusable Content for IT Education

The broad aim of the ReCITE project is to reuse materials created by the Wales e-Training Network (WETN), as part of an on-line Foundation Degree in e-Commerce, in three different curriculum areas and by three different institutions.

The materials were created to address the training needs of SMEs and to be delivered through on-line work-based learning. It is proposed that one of the modules, which has applicability in other curriculum areas, be re-purposed and re-used in 3 further quality assured programmes of study. These will include both campus-based and distance learning on-line delivery and will use different VLE software packages.


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Start date
1 February 2008
End date
31 March 2009
Funding Programme
e-Learning Capital programme
Working Groups
Strategic Themes