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The HEFCE strategy for e-learning was established in March 2005 to embed full and sustainable e-learning in higher education institutions within a ten-year period. We are currently having our strategy for e-learning reviewed independently to gather evidence of progress and to inform our approach for the future. We expect to publish the revised strategy this summer.

With the support of our strategic partners, the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and the Higher Education Academy (HEA), we believe that good progress has been made. In responding to the review, we will take the opportunity to develop a more enhancement-focused strategy with an increased emphasis on particular areas of wider importance. Our revisions will fit with our long-term view that technology-based solutions will be integral to institutional learning, teaching and assessment strategies. We will highlight the support available to institutions from JISC, the HEA and others. Developments in the sector and in technology will mean that the implementation plan included in the strategy will also be revised as necessary.

We expect to publish the revised strategy in the summer, when we have considered the findings of the independent review. We will also ensure that our revised strategy sits alongside the forthcoming Harnessing Technology strategy from the Department for Children, Schools and Families and the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills. Becta, the Government's leading agency for Information and Communications Technology, manages this strategy, which is also under review.

Further information

For more information about the revision of the strategy, please contact Alan Palmer, 0117 931 7340, e-mail

More information about e-learning initiatives currently underway is available from our partner organisations:

Last updated 5 March 2008