The e-Learning Maturity Model (eMM)

Learn how to assess organisational capability to sustainably develop, deploy and support e-learning so that organisations can engage in high quality processes which can be replicated, extended and sustained over time.
What’s it about?

What would happen if the organisational champions implementing technology were to move to another institution? Will the organisation be able to continue with improved adoption of e-learning approaches into the future? A capable e-learning organisation is one which can sustain e-learning as the demand, processes, technologies and staff change over time.

This micro course considers change with digital technologies in education at the organisational level reflecting on how institutional maturity in e-learning matures over time. The e-Learning Maturity Model (eMM) was developed and refined by Stephen Marshall over the last decade with over 100 organisational capability assessments.   

The Change with Digital Technologies in Education elective comprises three complementary micro-courses:

  1. Technology diffusion and models of change;
  2. Scenario planning for uncertain futures; and
  3. Capability maturity evaluation of e-learning within the organisation (this course). 
What will I learn?

In this course you learn how to assess e-learning capability for an organisation using the eMM. Students will:

  • Study the key concepts of the eMM to see how they are used to assess the e-learning capability of an organisation.
  • Review the e-learning processes of the eMM and conduct an intuitive assessment of e-learning processes using a course and organisation as the first step towards more robust assessment.
  • Review the dimensions of the eMM for selected e-learning processes. 
  • Conduct an abridged eMM evaluation incorporating verifiable evidence for your value judgements. 
What’s involved?

You will participate in an open international online course for 10 working days (2 weeks). You will need to allocate about 1.5 to 2 hours per day for the duration of open course. During the course you will:

  • Work through online materials and open access resources
  • Openly publish and share the outputs from designated eLearning activities
  • Interact and share of ideas with educators from around the world 

Learners aiming for the Certificate of Achievement and/or credit towards the Change with Digital Technolgies in Education course elective will need an additional 30 hours of self directed study to prepare the final assessment for this course.


There are no pre-requisites to participate in the course. An internet connection and basic web browsing skills are recommended with the ability to create a blog and microblog account (instructions and self-study tutorials provided.)  

Learners aiming to submit assessments for formal academic credit will need to meet the normal university admission requirements of the conferring institution (eg language proficiency and school leaving certificates).  Learners aiming for the 3rd year bachelor level are advised to have completed the majority of their 2nd year level subjects to have sufficient capability and experience for preparing assignments for 3rd year level of bachelor study.

Image credit: Spiral staircase by Martin Pulaski, Creative Commons Attribution.

Estimated Start: 2015Q4
Type: Micro course

Credentialing: Microcredential Official course credit
Course Credit: Requirement for Change with Digital Technologies in Education elective
Credential: Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education
Level: 3rd year Bachelor’s

Who are the developers:
Prof Niki Davis, is the University of Canterbury Professor of e-Learning and Director of the College of Education e-Learning Lab. She is recognised internationally as a Read More
Dr Wayne Mackintosh, is the founding director of the OER Foundation and is the designated UNESCO and ICDE Chair in OER at Otago Polytechnic. He is Read More
Who are the lead facilitators:
Dr Wayne Mackintosh, is the founding director of the OER Foundation and is the designated UNESCO and ICDE Chair in OER at Otago Polytechnic. He is Read More

The course materials were originally developed by the e-Learning Research Lab at the University of Canterbury as a research project in collaboration with the OER Foundation as the University's contribution to the OERu network. The core materials were successfully trialled in 2013 in the Change with Digital Technologies in Education course (EDEM630) as part of the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (e-Learning and Digital Technologies) at the University of Canterbury. Openly licensed, this iteration of the course is designed for vocational educators at the 3rd year bachelor's degree level.