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Blackboard Catalyst Award for Learn Foundations

The Learn Foundations team has won the 2020 Blackboard Catalyst Award for Student Experience.

The award recognises those institutions whose educational and administrative innovations have markedly improved the total learner experience. 

The Learn Foundations project is transforming the online learning space at Edinburgh by providing students with everything they need simply, quickly and efficiently to minimise time spent searching and maximise time spent learning. 

By redesigning Learn, our biggest Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), we are providing our 40,000 students with easy access to lecture recordings, online reading lists and all their course related materials.  And for those students who study across courses, these improvements are being implemented institution-wide to ensure consistency of student experience.

This year, more than ever, our new and returning students need to know we care about their learning and by investing in the VLE, Edinburgh is in a strong position to respond to the challenges ahead whilst maintaining a quality learning experience.    

I am delighted Edinburgh has been recognised in this year’s Blackboard Catalyst Awards.  Improving the student experience is at the heart of Learn Foundations.  I would also like to acknowledge the invaluable support of our student helpers without whom this achievement would not have been possible

Melissa HightonDirector Learning, Teaching & Web

Blackboard Catalyst Awards


(Ed. This article was originally published on 5 Jun, 2020)