The Development of Models for Identifying and Promoting Best Practice in e-Learning and Virtual Campuses

Mark Stansfield, Thomas Connolly, Antonio Cartelli, Athanassios Jimoyiannis, Hugo Magalhaes, Katherine Maillet

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This paper explores a number of key issues that have been identified as being important in the identification and evaluation of best practice within the context of e-learning and virtual campuses. The 'Promoting Best Practice in Virtual Campuses' (PBP-VC) project is a two year European Commission Education Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) co-financed project that is aimed at providing a deeper understanding of the key issues and success factors underlying the implementation of virtual campuses and e-learning. The PBP-VC project team have been working with stakeholders from a number of large virtual campus projects across Europe in identifying and exploring key issues relating to best practice. The importance of developing a practical framework for identifying, evaluating and promoting best practice in virtual campuses and e-learning can be demonstrated by the significant number of high profile e-learning and virtual campus failures both within Europe and globally, In many cases their failure has been quite spectacular with millions pound being wasted as a result some quite basic errors in overlooking key best practice issues that have occurred across several large-scale projects. This paper will provide a description of the different elements comprising models for best practice that has been developed by the PBP-VC project.
Original languageEnglish
EditorsDan Remenyi
PublisherAcademic Conferences and Publishing Limited (ACPIL)
ISBN (Print)978-1-906638-22-1
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • Virtual campuses
  • e-learning
  • best practices
  • sustainability


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