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UHI-NMS Multimedia Learning Initiative


The University of the Highlands and Islands Project (UHI), the National Museums of Scotland (NMS) and The Multimedia Team (TMT) have formed a partnership to develop innovative multimedia learning content in the field of arts, culture and heritage. The partnership plans to trial iteratively the introduction of, and end-users' reaction to, leading-edge pedagogical approaches and appropriate technical solutions for the remote use of that content.

1. to trial content in real learning environments (UHI network includes more than 50 sites in the Highlands & Islands)
2. to deploy multimedia technologies to extend and enrich access to cultural and curitage repositories
3. to adopt a leadership role in the application of new pedagogical approaches to improving accessibility and take-up
4. to exploit new digital resources and the expertise of the partnership to create content higher in quality and appeal than has previously been possible
5. to add a new thematic dimension to existing provision on community learning networks and so enhance their sustainability

Work description:
Objectives will be achieved through the integration of UHI's learning network and course structure with the NMS's digital collections. Technical fulfilment will be through the multimedia design and programming of TMT.

The distributed locus for trials will be UHI's Learning Environments and Research Network (LEARN): two R&D units dedicated to Learning Environments and Technology, and Reflective Practice in Learning and Teaching. Trials will be undertaken on three work packages, each one a learning unit derived in theme and structure from a UHI programme module. Content will be designed to have application in formal and informal learning environments; therefore, trials will address a range of end-user groups as well as intermediary users (teaching/advisory staff). As each work package proceeds, users' responses will be assessed and documented. Resulting feedback will then be used to inform subsequent work packages. The intention is to realise value by making improvements during the life of the project.

1. Project initialisation, including establishment of project website.
2. Development and trial of three consecutive modules, each taking three to four months.
3. Evaluation and dissemination commencing on completion of first module.
4. Four reporting stages: on completion of each module work package, and on overall project completion.

Funding Scheme

ACM - Preparatory, accompanying and support measures


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United Kingdom
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Nms, Chambers Street
EH1 1JF Edinburgh