The Beyond Distance Research Alliance (BDRA) at the University of Leicester was established by Gilly Salmon seven years ago, with a primary focus on research and development in the use of technology for learning and teaching. Gráinne Conole joined the University of Leicester as Professor of Learning Innovation in September 2011. BDRA will be renamed the Institute of Learning Innovation (ILI) from January 2013. It will build on the research excellence carried out by BDRA and will aim to be an international centre of excellence in research into the use of technology to support education. Our mission is to research and apply learning innovation to inform educational policy, shape practice and support the use of technologies across the university and beyond. We achieve this through research projects, e-learning design workshops and our Master and PhD programmes.
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