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There are a number of definitions of e-learning but generally it means the use of electronic technology and media to deliver, support and enhance teaching, learning and assessment. It includes elements of communication within and between communities of learners and teachers, as well as provision of online content, which may be locally generated or developed elsewhere.
At Essex we have a variety of e-learning packages and tools available for use by students and staff. Most of these can be accessed via the myEssex portal (on the main university web site).
Online Resource Bank (ORB) formerly the CMR - this is an online tool that allows teaching staff to publish materials to the web that are relevant to a specific course, such as course outlines, course materials, timetables, past exam papers, etc.
FASer - this is an online tool that allows students to submit digital copies of assignments to their department via the internet.
Moodle - this is a 'virtual learning environment' (VLE) that provides an additional tool to support learning and teaching. Moodle offers a variety of course and communication features, including content management (resources) and activities such as discussion forums, chat facilities, surveys, glossaries, wikis, etc.
Questionmark Perception - this is a web based application that enables teaching staff to create online surveys, assessments, and tests.
myLife - this is a personal space in which students can record thoughts and activities of any variety (through a weblog), as well as create work and social spaces that allow them to prepare academic work and keep track of all of their friends.
Electronic Voting System (EVS) - this is a classroom technology that allows the lecturer to engage in a form of conversation with very large numbers of students simultaneously.