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The Way Forward

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  1. The Way Forward The future use of Learning Technologies in the University of Brighton Dr R Stanier

  2. The past & the present • The past Bill Atkinson - a man with a vision • The present A variety of sophisticated technologies that allow the creation of a rich learning & teaching environment

  3. Mind Reading... Please mentally select a card and concentrate on it. I will perform this feat via mind control...

  4. Mind Reading... And now, whisper the name of your card out loud.Please don't skip this part, it is very important.

  5. Mind Reading... I have selected your card and have removed it from the pile. Surprised?

  6. The Human Factor • It’s the Human input that counts • Learning technologies are simply a set of tools for humans to create with • Bill Atkinson saw the potential for ordinary people to drive the technology

  7. So why bother? • Student expectations • JISC, QAA & RAE • Marketing • Keeping up with other institutions • Not forgetting learning & teaching & the student experience!

  8. What have we got already? • Student Intranet - cheap & cheerful • Minimal Realisable Expectation • Standard Technologies • Lots of enthusiasm • But we need more...

  9. Online … calendars Discussion groups Structured content assessment Revision systems Email & News communities Student tracking Information Access Information Management Consider this... • All information accessible on & off campus • A simple mechanism for creating online courses, content & assessment • Discussion groups for student/tutor & student/student communication • A student centred environment to aid information management

  10. Information Management • Learning is now about information management as much as it is about subject matter • Average 52,000 hits for parasitology • Huge variety of different information sources

  11. What’s needed... • We need to increase staff IT Skills • We need to be able to make appropriate choices about the technology • To respond to student expectations & adapt to changes in learning cultures • All this needs appropriate support...

  12. Learning Technologies Group • Providing Learning Technology services • Academic Liaison • Training • Design • Help define standards

  13. LTSOs • Facilitating the process • Local knowledge • Enthusiasm

  14. Learning Technologies Network • Drawn from all subject areas • Early adopters • Subject-specific knowledge • Enthusiasm

  15. Site Information Services Support • Computer Officers & Course Resource Officers • Site-based service • Support academic use of technologies in the learning & teaching process

  16. What's available outside the University • JISC - Joint Information Systems Council • LTSN - Learning & Teaching Support Network • E-University

  17. The importance of JISC as a driving force in UKHE • DNER • MLE • JANET • Advice • Support? • MANs • Innovation • International Relations

  18. How do we go forward? • Big Bang? or • Planned Cultural Evolution

  19. The Big Bang Theory - Coventry • £1m over 3 years • Driven by directorate • 30 strong task force • All modules listed

  20. The Big Bang Theory - Coventry “I cried when they made me use WebCT” • Resistance from staff • Take up greatest where high level of technical support • QAA average = 20.1

  21. University of Brighton • We have £60,000 over 2 years • Task force of 11 (LTSOs & steering group) • Policy of facilitation rather than dictation • QAA average = 21.6

  22. The way forward • Capitalise on what we’re good at - Teaching • Planned Cultural Evolution • Make best use of the support available -LTSOs & LTG • Being able to make appropriate choices • Using content NOT developing it

  23. The future • Richer and more interactive content & learning support • Easier content production & access • Mobile Communications - the prefered method of communication • Digital TV - ubiquitous technology

  24. Your students need you!