About the project
The NLN Learning Materials Delivery
Project (LMDP) was a collaboration between MIMAS and EDINA, and the NLN
Materials Development Team. Other parties involved in the project were
the JISC-funded Regional Support Centres (RSCs) and Granada Learning (GL).
The Project Manager, based at EDINA,
reported to the JISC Services Group. The LMDP ran in parallel with the
Becta NLN Material Team's content development project, which reported
to the NLN Programme Board.
Aim of the Learning Materials Delivery Project
To provide an effective and efficient
delivery service of the NLN Learning Materials to Further Education in
- To support access to, and delivery of, the NLN materials by institutions.
- To provide online information sources of help for college staff and RSCs.
- To provide helpdesk support for RSCs.
- To provide feedback to the JISC on the delivery project, and via NLN Materials Team by provision of
statistics, to the NLN Programme Board funding the development of the materials.
1. Technical implementation at
MIMAS of the CAT and Phase 1 learning materials.
2. Identification of amendments required to the CAT software.
3. Installation of later versions of the CAT at MIMAS.
4. Dual hosting of the CAT and materials at EDINA.
5. Delivery of Phase 2 learning materials.
6. User support through EDINA helpdesk, support documentation and project website.
The Project allowed a period of
time under which the Data Centres jointly hosted the NLN materials and
the project team worked out support requirements for a full service. The
NLN Materials Development Team supported colleges in terms of the materials
content, while the JISC Regional Support Centres (RSCs), along with EDINA
and MIMAS, supported colleges in terms of using the service. The project
allowed time to identify issues that needed attention to ensure that the
Data Centres and RSCs set up the service correctly in terms of staffing
The full service from the Data Centres, with underpinning service level
agreement between the Data Centres and JISC, was launched in August 2003.