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Nottingham Trent University and Desire2Learn Win JISC Grant to Enhance Learning Repository and VLE Experience

Press Release

JISC funded SHARE project provides significant step forward in extending a learning object repository (LOR) to support teaching and learning

Desire2Learn Incorporated (Desire2Learn), a leading provider of mission-critical enterprise eLearning solutions, is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with Nottingham Trent University, one of the company’s largest clients in the U.K., that will enhance learning object repository (LOR) use by extending repository infrastructure to support teaching and learning.

Through the partnership, a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) interface will be developed to JORUM in conjunction with JISC. The project is funded by the JISC Information Environment Programme 2009-11. This work will provide a crucial foundation to enable a cultural shift, build a sharing community mindset within Nottingham Trent University as well as address outcomes of the JISC Repository Programme.¹ The successful implementation of the JISC funded SHARE (Supporting, Harnessing and Advancing Repository Enhancement) project provides a significant step forward with development of a Nottingham Trent University repository as well as best practices for LORs in general.

“The existence of an LOR within the university’s VLE provides an opportunity for harnessing a distributed infrastructure,” states Professor Sue McKnight, Project Owner, SHARE project and Director of Libraries and Knowledge Resources, Nottingham Trent University. “By building a sharing community mindset, easy access and discovery of learning resources and related work will be facilitated. We will be demonstrating what can be done but, importantly, part of the JISC project is focusing on cultural change, the contribution to the sector should be in identifying barriers and ways of addressing these to facilitate sharing or reuse of learning objects.”

This project will undertake:

  • Development of policies and best practices for the sharing and licensing of content within LOR, the IRep and National Repositories such as JORUM
  • Further development of the Nottingham Trent University institutional repository beyond being storage for a wide variety of materials, building on the cultural work of embedding its use and content into the life and work of academics at Nottingham Trent University
  • Collaboration with Desire2Learn to work on the integration of Learning Repository with external repositories including JORUM
  • Enhanced sharing within the organization with the integration of the institutional repository (IRep)
  • Metadata mapping and metadata application profiles for the description of different types of content

“Nottingham Trent University is setting the framework for the U.K. market. They are leading the way – laying the groundwork that will leverage technology to develop more accessible scholarly and related work,” says John Baker, President & CEO, Desire2Learn. “Through this partnership, there will be a wealth of information that can be drawn upon, just in time as people want it.”

McKnight says, “We are working together with the academics to assist with their successes; to create really inspiring learning environments. If there is a lot of really good content in the learning object repository, or indeed if our search through the learning object repository leads them to other repositories that have really good content, we’ll be making it easier for them to achieve what they want as teachers – to enhance the experience of students.”

Information on SHARE can be found at

About Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) spans three campuses and serves more than 24,000 students from 90 different countries. Having been awarded the top new university in the U.K., according to the Good University Guide, NTU delivers some impressive results with over 97% of students in employment six months after graduating. Besides collaborating closely with employers, Nottingham Trent University has made significant strides in accessibility and distance learning over the years. For more information visit:

About Desire2Learn 

Desire2Learn comprises Desire2Learn Incorporated and its subsidiaries. Desire2Learn is a world-leading provider of enterprise eLearning solutions that enable institutions and other organizations to create teaching and learning environments that reflect their vision, values, goals, pedagogical approaches and branding. Founded in 1999, Desire2Learn has offices and personnel located in North America, the U.K. and Australia. Desire2Learn supports more than five million learners worldwide and clients include higher educationK-12, as well as associations,government and other leading organizations. For more information, visit:, call 1.519.772.0325 or toll-free 1.888.772.0325 (within North America), 0808.234.6744 (U.K.) and +61 412 067 308 (Australia).

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John McLeod
Director of Marketing
Desire2Learn Incorporated
519.772.0325 ext. 378