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This page describes the 2016 Baseline. A new 2019 version is in progress.


Students appreciate, and increasingly expect, consistent and well considered use of online learning. This guidance document sets out the minimum expectations, or baseline, for e-learning provision for all taught programmes and modules at UCL, with a focus on Moodle.


The original Baseline was developed after wide consultation on best UCL practice and was endorsed by Academic Committee in September 2011. The Baseline is reviewed annually and the 2016 version is a product of merging the UCL Moodle Baseline with the Student Minimum Entitlement to On-Line Support from the Institute of Education.

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You may direct feedback and suggestions to  digi-ed@ucl.ac.uk .

Changes to the online baseline (not yet reflected in the booklet):

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There are 10 sections in the Baseline:

1. Structure

2. Orientation

3. Communication

4. Assessment

5. Resources

6. Cross-platform compatibility

7. Accessibility

8. Legal

9. Student Active Participation

10. Quality Assurance

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Download the 2016 Baseline:

Download the UCL Baseline 2016

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Every taught module at UCL should meet the Baseline, in order to provide a consistent experience for students. Additionally, wholly online courses should also meet the  Baseline+   level, to ensure students studying online have the additional support and information they need. However, many points under Baseline+ would also benefit campus-based courses, especially if is there a high online component. 


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UCL E-Learning Baseline Benefits

This Baseline addresses the increasingly integrated and sophisticated level of technology use at UCL and aims to ensure consistency and quality of the e-learning experience for all students across all modules. It offers a number of benefits:

  • Helps articulate e-learning provision during the programme or module proposal and review process.
  • Encourages consistency across modules when used at departmental, faculty or school level. This may be via templates for Moodle courses and content.
  • Enables course teams to enhance the use of technology by offering suggestions on how to move beyond the baseline.
  • Assists course teams and departments to review and quality assure their use of e-learning in a systematic way and identify gaps in provision.
  • Provides a framework to monitor progress over time.

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Although the use of Moodle is strongly encouraged, the following guidelines may also be used with alternative systems. If other online learning tools are used, then the Moodle course associated with that programme/module/course should contain a link to this alternative or supplementary provision. There is no central support for any such systems external to UCL.

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Avoiding duplication

To avoid duplication of information across modules, it is recommended that common information is provided through departmental and/or programme level Moodle courses linked to from each module level course.
Module-specific information can be linked to existing online information in module handbooks and/or on department websites.

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How to use this document

  • It is recommended you read through the relevant baseline as you develop your Moodle courses. Find out what's new since the 2013 Baseline.
  • You can also use it as a final checklist to ensure you have not missed out any crucial elements.
  • If you are using a departmental Moodle template many of these items should be already addressed in the placeholders provided.
  • Programme and module teams can request guidance and support in meeting the baseline from the Digital Education team in ISD.

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Download the baseline

To help you navigate this information a booklet is available to help staff consider one section at a time: UCL E-Learning Baseline 2016 (pdf 762KB)

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Please contact the Digital Education team if you would like copies of the baseline to be delivered to your department.

Beyond the Baseline...

Further suggestions for how you might extend your use of e-learning tools are available at the bottom of each Baseline+ section.

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Examples

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