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The Potential Contribution of Data Centres to the Learning and Teaching Community. John Slater for Paul Clark Chief Executive The Institute for Learning and Teaching. Plan of Talk. 1)Data Centre: contribution & impact 2)Challenge to teachers

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The potential contribution of data centres to the learning and teaching community

The Potential Contribution of Data Centres to the Learning and Teaching Community

John Slater for Paul Clark

Chief Executive

The Institute for Learning and Teaching


Plan of talk

Plan of Talk

1)Data Centre: contribution & impact

2)Challenge to teachers

3)Wider demands on teachers and learning suport staff; professionalism in L&T

4)The Role of the ILT: - developing professionalism- meeting the challenge of e-learning- working in partnership


Potential contribution of datacentres

Potential Contribution of Datacentres

  • Access to variety of forms of information - sound, still image, moving image, real time data (stock market)

  • New methods of display - e.g., variation of density of detail in digimap

  • New sources of evidence for academic inquiry


Impact on learning and teaching

Impact on Learning and Teaching

  • Enhances the variety of evidence available for study and research

  • Puts real evidence (sometimes partial or misleading) in the hands of students:(e.g., real census data, medieval illuminations, stock market quotations)

  • Enhances the capacity for student involvement in research activity


Challenges for teachers and learning support staff

Challenges for Teachers and Learning Support Staff

  • Mastering new media

  • Rethinking the processes of teaching and learning support:- weave use of new resources into processes and outcomes of academic programmes- teach IT skills alongside academic content- rethink assessment process and outcomes


New demands on professionalism in he

New Demands on Professionalism in HE

  • Move from broadcast teaching towards supporting student learning

  • Integrate skill development into academic programmes

  • Exploit the advantages the delivery of new forms of data

  • Apply the results of pedagogic research

  • Generalise reflective practice in L&T


Ilt core functions

ILT: Core Functions

  • Institute self-regulation of professional standards in learning and teaching in higher education

  • Provision of services to individual members

  • Creation/facilitation of inclusive community of practice in teaching and learning support

  • Encouragement of evidence-based practice in teaching and learning support


Ilt model of professionalism

ILT model of Professionalism

  • Establish standards of performance- achievement of individuals- accreditation of programmes

  • Implement continuing professional development (CPD)

  • Pass control to membership


Supporting development

Supporting Development

  • Providing information and access to resources - eg. research results

  • Bringing people together: networks, interest groups, workshops, conferences

  • Support communities of practice for discussion and project work


Online services communities of practice

Online services - Communities of Practice

  • Individual portals - customised information supply

  • Knowledge management tools

  • Online discussion and project spaces


Challenge of e learning

Challenge of e-learning

  • Development of e-learning is an enormous enterprise.

  • Creation and delivery of e-learning is becoming central to the concept of professionalism in L&T

  • Storing and delivering data, developing and implementing applications, integrating C&IT and pedagogy, supporting practitioners - essential steps


Partners in development

Partners in Development

  • ILT’s role:- delivering information,resources and advice to its members;- creating L&T community for mutual development;- encourage members to use other services (eg, LTSN Subject Centres)

  • ILT in close partnership with LTSN (GC,TC) to provide access to resources

  • ILT exploring new collaborations (DNER)


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