September 26, 2016, by Emma Thorne

Award success for University Health E-Learning and Media team

The University’s Health E-Learning and Media team has scooped an international award celebrating excellence and outstanding achievement in the field of learning technology.

HELM not only attracted the public vote via Twitter to pick up the Association for Learning Technology Community Choice but was also a runner up in the team category of the Learning Technologist of the Year Awards 2016.

Based in the School of Health Sciences, HELM aims to provide expertise and support in the development, design, evaluation and research of technological and media-based educational materials and interventions in health. HELM works in partnership with academics, students, health practitioners and health service users to develop innovative e-learning for over 6000 students.  Over 200 multimedia resources have been made openly available and are being used internationally.

Current areas of research include the design and reuse of open educational resources, e-learning self-efficacy and adoption, and participative design and the effectiveness of online healthcare interventions.

Heather Wharrad, Professor of E-Learning and Health Informatics, said: “Working with communities to design e-learning is at the heart of what we do so we are delighted to win the Community award. This is a great achievement for the team.”

The Association for Learning Technology (ALT) Learning Technologist of the Year Awards were established in 2007 to promote intelligent use of learning technology on a national scale and are open to individuals and teams from around the world.

To contact HELM, email

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