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Learning and teaching resources in Engineering, Mathematics and Computing

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The following resources have been funded by JISC through the Learning and Teaching programme. The aim of the programme was to develop a wide range of electronic content and to adapt it directly for use in learning and teaching.

The programme has now been completed and has created a wealth of resources, most of which are freely available to further and higher education institutions. Most of the resources can be accessed through the web.

Biz/ed Virtual Learning Arcade

The Biz/ed Virtual Learning Arcade is an exciting section on Biz/ed that provides interactive online models and simulations for economics and business teachers, lecturers and students. Each of the 15 simulations enables the user to carry out a series of experiments exploring such diverse topics as ways to relieve traffic congestion in London, simulating behaviour in the housing market, and even running an arable farm. The simulations have support materials that have been written to enhance their educational value. These include explanations of relevant theories, interactive worksheets, definitions and guidelines on using the models.

Access conditions:  Freely available

Contact details: Kate Sharp Tel:  0117 928 7189

Click and Go Video

Imagine using a technology that could capture students' attention, engage them and leave them with a richer, more meaningful and vivid learning experience. The use of streaming digital video and audio to support web-based learning resources is rapidly becoming an attractive option for many educators. This technology not only provides on-demand access and opportunities for student interaction, but can also enhance teaching practice to open up new ways of representing, delivering and sharing a subject discipline. Through its use, teachers can visualise a process or show how something works, moves or performs live, without the need to rely on purely text-based forms. They can enable their students to "be there", without the constraints of time, space and safety.
Video Streaming: A Guide for Educational Development, developed by the Click and Go Video team, is the ideal beginners' guide to this exciting new area.

Access conditions:  Freely available

Contact details: Clive Young Tel:  0141 331 8434

FAILTE - Facilitating Access to Information on Learning Technology for Engineers

FAILTE provides engineering lecturers with a resource (database and related services) that allows them to identify computer-based materials appropriate for their courses. These materials are independently reviewed to help select the most suitable.

Access conditions:  Freely available

Contact details: Roger Rist Tel:  0131 451 3278

FILTER - Focusing Images for Learning and Teaching, an Enriched Resource

The FILTER project has produced a web site and database containing useful examples and resources for anyone wishing to use digital images in learning and teaching. The primary resource is a database containing more than two dozen examples of image-based learning and teaching resources and hundreds of digital images. The exemplars range from PowerPoint presentations and web sites to multimedia and interactive tutorials. These have all been created by practising lecturers, designed for use in their own contexts with the intention that they be re-used and adapted for use in other contexts and subject areas. To enable and support materials creation, each exemplar is accompanied by a case study and 'how-to' guide. The database is fully searchable by image, subject area and tutorial type so if, for example, the user wishes to see how images are used to teach geography, he or she could keyword search on 'geography', by type of image (eg 'aerial maps'), or by delivery method (eg 'web tutorial'). The database is also browsable. The images, like all materials in the FILTER database, are free for educational use and come with complete metadata records and creation history.

Access conditions:  Freely available

Contact details: Jill Evans Tel:  0117 928 7164


HERON provides a complete copyright-clearance and document-supply service, including digitisation and paper coursepacks where necessary, to academic institutions wishing to provide online access to learning materials.

Access conditions:  Institutional subscription required

Contact details: Tel:  01865 799133


The INFORMS/INHALE database is a pool of over 400 interactive, bite-sized, online information skills units for students within all the main subject areas taught in further and higher education institutions. A unique aspect of the materials is that they are based on searching LIVE quality information databases that lecturers now expect their students to use to gather information for course assignments. Accessible versions for the visually impaired (that may also be customised) are automatically generated when a new unit is written. The INFORMS/INHALE database resources have been used in face-to-face teaching sessions as well as linked into different VLEs and institutional websites.

Access conditions:  Freely available

Contact details: Jennifer Brook


Lemur is a web-mounted database of c. 3,500 items, each with at least one image. Material is mainly drawn from the collections of The Marischal Museum, supplemented by items from other University of Aberdeen collections.

While the collection is diverse, there are particular strengths in: Scottish archaeology, north-east Scottish folk life, non-Western ethnography, Egyptology, Scottish paintings, ancient Greek coins and pots, scientific instruments, and ethnographic photographs. A virtual version of the Marischal Museum, showing views of all cases, information about all objects, QTVR panoramas and active plans, is also available, and is of particular relevance to museum studies. There are links to the database entries for all objects on display.

Access conditions:  Freely available to all via the web:

Contact details: Neil Curtis Tel:  01224 274304

MIMAS - CrossFire Training (learning and teaching materials for CrossFire)

MIMAS CrossFire Training (MIMAS-XFT) is a web-based, self-paced learning package designed to teach new users of the CrossFire chemical information system how to get started, and enable those already familiar with the system to learn advanced searching and data manipulation techniques. The package is split into two levels, introductory and advanced, with five units in each.

CrossFire comprises the Beilstein organic chemistry and Gmelin inorganic chemistry databases which contain a wealth of chemical and bibliographic information, including physical and biological properties and detailed chemical reactions, as well as abstracts and references obtained from the primary chemical literature. As a result of working through the various modules, the CrossFire Commander software-user will be able to search effectively by both text and chemical structure diagrams in order to retrieve detailed information. This can be downloaded and exported into other packages such as spreadsheet or reference-management software.

Access conditions:  Available via Athens authentication free of charge.
(Note that access to the CrossFire databases is only available to members of subscribing institutions.)

MIMAS-XFT can be accessed at
Macromedia Flash Player version 6.0.79 or higher is required to run MIMAS-XFT

Contact details: Tel:  0161 275 6109

RDN Virtual Training Suite

The RDN Virtual Training Suite offers free Internet training via a set of 61 interactive tutorials on the web. There is a tutorial for most of the subjects taught in UK higher and further education, each offering a guide to key Internet resources for the subject and tips for Internet searching and critical evaluation of web sites. Tutorials are being used in taught courses, student induction and information, and research skills classes. They are easy to link to from VLEs and departmental web pages. Supplementary "Resources for Teachers" are available with ideas for use with students.

The Virtual Training Suite is just one of the resources offered by the Resource Discovery Network (RDN), a national web service pointing to thousands of high-quality Internet resources that can support learning, teaching and research. Tutorials include:

  • Internet Aviator
  • Internet Civil Engineer
  • Internet Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineer
  • Internet for Health and Safety
  • Internet Materials Engineer
  • Internet Mathematician
  • Internet Mechanical Engineer
  • Internet Offshore Engineer

Access conditions:  Freely available

Contact details: Emma Place Tel:  0117 928 7183

TimeWeb - Time Series Data on the Web

The TimeWeb resource offers extensive learning and teaching materials designed to a range of data handling, processing and presentation skills required for analysing time series data. The TimeWeb Explorer was an advanced web-based application that made it easier for users to access the OECD Main Economic Indicators, a database containing thousands of comparative statistics for the major economies of the world. It allowed the user to easily aggregate and interact with time series data.

This has now been superseded by a new interface, the ESDS International Data Service which provides web-based access to a range of databanks that collectively chart over 50 years of global social and economic change.

Access conditions:  The TimeWeb learning and teaching materials are on open access:
The International macro datasets are freely available to further and higher education, subject to online registration:

Contact details: Andy Hargrave (for information about the learning and teaching resource)

Email: information about the ESDS International Data Service)

TRILT - Television and Radio Index for Learning and Teaching

The BUFVC's Television and Radio Index for Learning and Teaching (TRILT) is an online database of UK broadcasts, covering over 300 channels, including terrestrial, cable, and satellite television (with regional variations), all national and many local radio stations.

TRILT facilitates the use of audio-visual material in learning, teaching and research, allowing staff and students to identify television and radio material relevant to their area of study. In many cases, TRILT indicates sources of post-transmission copies, including the BUFVC's Off-Air Recording Back-Up Service and online copies of radio programmes. Transmission details for forthcoming programmes are available at least ten days in advance, allowing users to plan their viewing and recording. TRILT has a personalisation service enabling users to set auto-alerts to email them when programmes relevant to their interests are coming up. In addition, programmes selected for their value to the educational community are enhanced with further information, such as improved descriptions, additional keywords, bibliographies and web links.

TRILT grows by over a million records every year and, with the incorporation of the BUFVC's Television Index database into TRILT last year, the data span covers nine years of UK broadcasting (1995-2004: selective 1995-2001, comprehensive 2001 onwards).

Access conditions:  Available to BUFVC members using Athens Authentication

Contact details: Marianne Open Tel:  020 7393 1501

End date
5 May 2004
Funding programme
Learning and Teaching (5/99) programme