Open, Flexible and Distance Learning in National Qualifications (OFDL) Project

What is this?

OFDL is a Learning and Teaching Scotland managed project which developed a range of learning and teaching resources to support National Qualifications core skills units. The resources included some paper-based titles along with electronic text and interactive web-enabled versions. The materials were made available to every school and further education college in Scotland via the NQ Online resource.

FLaT involvement?

FLaT support was provided to develop resources at a range of levels in the five National Qualifications core skills - communication, numeracy, problem solving, IT and working with others - and to develop links with the SCHOLAR Forum. FLaT supported the development of electronic text and interactive web-enabled resources in a further 14 units in order to complete the suite of core skills resources from Higher through to Access 3.

  1. Achievement & Attainment
  2. Framework for Learning
  3. Learning for Life.

Project aims?

Project outcomes?


The project was started in 2001 and was completed in March 2004. Writers were contracted to develop support materials for the remaining core skills units in text and web-enabled interactive format. By March 2004 support materials for the following units were developed:

These were disseminated along with the existing support materials and completed the provision of the suite of support materials for the National Qualifications core skills at all levels from Access 3 to Higher. Material was made available online throughout the year, as it was developed. Formative feedback from schools and colleges was encouraged.

Level of Support?

FLaT support was a grant of £150,000 plus evaluation costs.

Who are the evaluation team?

To be agreed.