UKeU in upheaval after a poor year

Lloyd, Tom
April 2004
IT Training;Apr2004, p5
Trade Publication
UKeU, the body that supplies e-learning courses from UK universities to students around the world, is being restructured just a year after it started work. A spokesman for the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), which ordered the move, says that a lack of private investment and low student numbers are to blame. The HEFCE, which manages the allocation of government funds, says that the global market for e-learning has developed much more slowly than predicted and a lot of universities have set up their e-learning programs without involving UKeU. Sa' ad Medhat, managing director of consultancy Productivity4You, claims academics are also to blame, there are still people in higher education who feel the move from blackboard to acetate was the thin end of the wedge. A main concern is that the new arrangements should protect the interests of existing students,' says Sir Howard Newby, chief executive of HEFCE.


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