The Virtual University Project explores ways in which learning technology may be used to rethink teaching and assessment.
The project involves combining four teaching elements:
- interactive e-lectures to replace conventional face-to-face lectures;
- computer-based assessments to provide feedback on learning progress and help structure learning;
- face-to-face sessions as part of "flipping the classroom" to help students understand the materials;
- the use of Twitter to answer queries and share understanding.
The e-lectures provide students with the flexibility to study when, where and how they choose. They allow students to review or revisit material and are thus particularly beneficial to students whose first language is not English. Moreover, our investigations suggest that the interactive features can increase preformance in assessment.