Dissemination of IT for the Promotion of Materials Science (DoITPoMS)

About DoITPoMS


DoITPoMS (Dissemination of IT for the promotion of Materials Science) was set up in 2000, as a joint venture involving the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy at the University of Cambridge, and five partner institutions: Institute for Materials Research, University of Leeds; London Metropolitan Polymer Centre, London Metropolitan University; Manchester Materials Science Centre, University of Manchester/UMIST; Department of Mechanical Engineering, Oxford Brookes University; Department of Engineering Materials, University of Sheffield. Close links also exist with the UK Centre for Materials Education and with the MATTER project, both based at the University of Liverpool.

The original funding for the project was provided by the Fund for the development of Teaching and Learning (FDTL). The UK Centre for Materials Education (UKCME) also supported a number of specific developments in recent years.

Click here to view the start up documents, and subsequent reports for the project.

The purpose of the project is to build on recognised expertise in the use of Information Technology (IT) in enhancing the student learning experience in Cambridge and to disseminate these techniques within the Materials Education community in the UK. This is done by:

  • Promoting full access to students and supervisors via the web of all supplementary teaching material. This includes course synopses, question sheets and answers, interactive teaching material and links to other on-line information sources. This operation facilitates the identification of optimal protocols and formats for implementation of these resources.

  • Creating a substantial archive of background information, digital video clips, photomicrographs etc, to be available during experimental sessions and on-line for subsequent student analysis of results.

  • Creating a library of exemplar teaching and learning packages (TLPs) covering common topics and making use of video clips and other material from the primary archive.

  • Providing resources for on-line student feedback. This facilitates handling of questionnaire responses, which are currently time-consuming to analyse, and will enable activities such as remote registration for practicals at the start of the year.