Personalised User Learning Social Environment (PULSE) is a HEFCE funded project being led by the Centre for Learning & Teaching at Leeds Beckett University.

The call invited applications for small-scale projects “to develop innovations in learning and teaching for either undergraduate (UG) or postgraduate taught (PGT) provision.”

PULSE provided us with an opportunity to explore the potential for connecting  institutional digital spaces (VLE / ePortfolio) with the wider digital social spaces on the web.

In addition to this, we wanted to explore students experiences with regards to connection their personal spaces and our institutional spaces. In order to achieve this we will be using Known as a “hub”. This open, social space is already used by a number of U.S. institutions and allows students to connect their social spaces to it, but we intend to explore the extent to which we can also use this space to provide access to our VLE.

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