The Distributed e-Learning Strand of the eLearning Programme is undertaking a wide ranging and ambitious programme of work which is addressing many of the issues faced by institutions and students wishing to work together in a technology-rich world, where study increasingly takes place across a number of institutions.
The DeL Strand is operating in several areas - e-learning infrastructure, repositories for e-learning and other resources, e-learning tools, cultural issues, subject differences and embedding, the sharing of content, and the development of large scale regional projects to support the HEFCE regional agenda.
These are clearly closely linked to work in the other strands of the Programme, and to the MLEs for Lifelong Learning Programme. The work of this strand will also be linked with work taking place in other JISC programmes.
The Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE) has made £11.8 million available from their IT Infrastructure fund for this work which will end in March 2006.
The HEFCE has made IT infrastructure funds available to the JISC to develop technologies to underpin the Funding Council’s political and strategic agendas and to work with regional and subject communities to use the technologies to support learning and teaching. The funds will provide a basis for the JISC and the new HE Academy to work together in partnership to achieve shared objectives. This is part of a longer term plan to implement HEFCE’s e-learning strategy. 
JISC Distributed e-Learning Strand website This section of the JISC website contains information on the aims and activities of the strand, with links to all the funded projects.
Strategic Overview: HEFCE-funded Distributed E-Learning Programme 2004-5 This paper describes the strategic need and context for this strand of the e-Learning Programme, and explores the vision informing this strand. It outlines the six aims and associated activities, and provides two scenarios.
e-Learning Programme Meeting: Framework and Tools and Distributed e-Learning Strands This page provides all the presentations from the meeting held on 5th-6th April