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Office for digital learning special call 2016/17

Application now open

Posted on: 29 Jul 2016


The deadline for applications is 11th September 2016 at 11pm.

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The Office for Digital Learning (ODL) Special Call is a unique opportunity for teaching and support staff to work collaboratively with award winning creative digital designers, to enhance the quality of their digital learning content.


The call is now open and details of the application process can be found on the creative digital design special call website

Previous projects

Selected examples of previous Special Call projects:

Clinical Skills Virtual Ward

Virtual Lab - Stratified Medicine This special project was designed to give students especially fully online students, knowledge and practical experience of laboratory techniques within Stratified Medicine. Designed as an intro to basic lab skills the project carefully takes students through a range of lab skills and knowledge evaluation. It also provides a guided interactive panoramic virtual tour of the new Stratified Medicine Labs at the Clinical Translational Research and Innovation Centre (C-TRIC) based at the Altnagelvin Area Hospital site and also includes interviews with some of the leading researchers and companies in Stratified Medicine.

Working across a range of screen sizes and mobile devices, it gives students unique access to this innovative area of personalised medicine and research.

Respiratory Teaching Tool - this was a joint research project between Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University. The project involved the design and development of an eLearning training site to teach Multiple Breath Washout (MBW) to researchers at hospital sites all across the UK in preparation for them to take part in large scale clinical trials to develop new drug treatments that could improve the lives of patients with cystic fibrosis and bronchiectasis.

Multiple breath washout is currently not available in many respiratory centres and high quality standardised training is challenging to access. This platform created by the Queens and Ulster partnership will therefore provide a unique training platform on multiple breath washout. The detailed training provides both the theoretical and practical content necessary to train researchers and clinicians in the use of this tool, using 3D, animation and video.

Brian Plus

In academic year 2013/14, four projects were delivered, two of which won awards in the JISC NI 2014 Innovation Awards. which give recognition to the many individuals and teams at the forefront of technology to enhance teaching and learning. The successful projects were Virtual Academy and Physio-Learn.

Virtual Academy

Virtual Academy

The Virtual Academy is an innovative, interactive teaching resource that enables students to explore the Ulster Business School’s Academy restaurant in a safe online environment. It won the RSCni eLearning Innovation Award in HE for Learning Support 2014. This resource integrates all aspects of creative media to enhance the student learning experience. This includes explorable 3D models of the bar, kitchen and dining areas, video interviews, time-lapses, instructional videos and interactive activities. The project team was Richard Beggs from the Office for Digital Learning, Nikki McQuillan, Ursula Quinn and Mairead McEntee from the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management.


Physio Learn

Physio-Learn was developed in collaboration with a physiotherapy team from the School of Health Sciences. Designed as a modern responsive social multimedia teaching tool Physio-Learn features video and 3D animations of a patient with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). It was Runner-up RSCni eLearning Innovation Award (2014) in HE for Teaching and Learning. It was developed to help physiotherapy students visualise how a real patient with respiratory disease might present in order to prepare them for clinical practice.The Physio-Learn team was Mr Philip O’Neill from the Office for Digital Learning, Dr Fidelma Moran, Professor Judy Bradley and Dr. Brenda O’Neill from the School of Health Sciences, University of Ulster.

Creative Media Showcase

The videos and links below contains examples of our recent projects:

Creative Media Showreel

The creative digital design team within ODL are passionate about creating innovative creative media and evaluating its impact on student engagement. This award winning design team have the skills in illustration, animation, 3D, Video pre and postproduction, responsive interface design and multimedia research that will get your student centered project working across a range of devices from desktop to mobile, brining your digital teaching ideas to life.

Virtual Academy Restaurant Simulation

Winner of RSCni eLearning Innovation Award (2014) in HE for Learning Support


Runner-up RSCni eLearning Innovation Award (2014) in HE for Teaching and Learning

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