Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) has an ongoing e-learning programme integrated into its Criminology degree routes. This International E-communication Exchange (IEE) forms part of this and welcomes collaboration from partnered institutions that have similarity in their degree programmes. The core focus is on the criminal justice system, its organizational components and processes, and its legal and public policy contexts. This collaborative exchange enables students to interpret and understand contemporary policy and popular concerns around crime, not only from their own national perspective but also through an international dimension, enhancing and developing students’ critical analysis and independent learning skills. The project was piloted in 2004/5 by MMU and the University of West Florida (UWF). In the 2006 project there were seven participating institutions – 3 in the UK and 4 in the US. In 2007 we welcomed California State University Fresno and in 2008 we welcomed Glasgow Caledonian University. The project is delivered through the WebCT Vista eLearning platform at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) in the UK.
This resource has been created within the Open Educational Resources project "Evaluating the Practice of Opening up Resources for Learning and Teaching in the Social Sciences" [C-SAP OER], undertaken by the Subject Centre for Sociology, Anthropology and Politics based at University of Birmingham, for further information see here: http://www.c-sap.bham.ac.uk/subject_areas/elearning/oer/default.htm. The project is part of UK-wide Open Educational Resources programme [UKOER]. Within the programme, JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) and the Higher Education Academy are collaborating on the with the aim of enabling higher education institutions, consortia and individuals to share learning materials freely online. The programme supports universities and colleges in exploring processes and policies, intellectual property rights, cultural issues, technical requirements and data management issues.