Search Our Site

We have 3,748,475 registered online learners.
11 new learners so far today.

Supplementary e-learning tools 'can boost university learning'

schedule 13th September 2012 by Virtual College in Virtual College Last updated on 7th July 2016

Universities could invest in supplementary software that could boost their online learning provisions, a specialist has said.

Writing for, Pebble Learning operations director Colin Dalziel pointed out e-learning tools that provide students with a private space to enhance their education could significantly improve the successes of educational institutions.

The specialist claimed "the majority" of universities already provide some form of online learning provisions to their students, supplying them with content that can bolster their coursework.

However, he argued that if they set up online personal spaces for every student, this would add a "powerful new dimension" to academia.

This does not have to be merely a place for them to store their files and work, or record their progression through the course, Mr Dalziel said.

Instead, it could contain e-learning tools that support the sharing of documents and enable participants to receive feedback from their peers and instructors, he continued.

Some universities are also setting up digital learning tools to support staff management and assessment processes.

Tutors and university leaders can use this technology to deliver double-blind marking, freeing up educator's time by improving the efficiency of grading, the representative added.

Programmes providing academic centres with e-learning solutions can also enable users to log information for the future and support the creation of virtual curriculum vitaes, set up presentational websites and control who is allowed to view content and for how long.

Developments in e-learning could bridge the gap between social networks and academic systems, the expert predicted, pointing out this will help to reflect the work the university attendees of today will perform and could allow students to bring in data from all of the different areas in which it can be sourced, such as Google Docs, YouTube and online learning spaces.

It is not just the academic sector that is bolstering education through web-based technologies, with research from CrossKnowledge finding the majority of companies have delivered e-learning to at least half of their employees.

Virtual College Logo

Author: Virtual College

The latest training news brought to you by Virtual College. We create innovative digital learning experiences that inspire people to develop the skills they need to thrive in their careers; enhancing and enriching the organisations they work in. For 24 years, we have been developing and supplying collaborative, customer-focused e-learning technology for organisations world-wide.

ISO 9001:2015
Crown Commercial Service Supplier
LPI Accredited Learning Technologies Provider


+44 (0)1943 605 976

Virtual College

Marsel House


West Yorkshire

LS29 8DD

Awards for footer
Gold and silver award winners at the Learning Technologies Awards 2017 - including gold for excellence in the design of learning content.


We are in the process of moving to one Virtual College website. If you want to go back to a course, or start a course, bought from our old website then you may need to login to our original learning management system. Otherwise, please proceed to our new learning management system to return to your training.


You are already logged in. Click the button below to be taken to your LMS dashboard. Alternatively, click logout to leave the system.