AN innovative computer learning system pioneered by the University of Huddersfield is being held up as a model of excellence by the Government.

Led by university staff, the Higher-level Skills for Industry Project is aimed at teachers and lecturers in higher and further education.

It allows lecturers to use small blocks of information to build up a bigger teaching package.

Because the information is not subject-specific, teachers can apply each piece they choose to their own course or lesson.

They simply add their own text to create web-ready documents for class.

The blocks can then be returned to the internet repository to be used again.

"It's a sharing facility and its content grows," said project director Steve Walmsley. "If you imagine a box of Lego bricks, each of those bricks represents a small chunk of learning - for example Pythagoras's theorem.

That's a theory that can be used in maths, but equally it can be used in engineering.

"Teachers and lecturers can then go in and search for just this little chunk of information, and then apply it to whatever subject area they wish."