Are students ready to e-learn? - assessing students' IT Literacy skills. Gabriel Hanganu Stuart Lee Learning Technologies Group University of Oxford. E-learning at Oxford. ‘adds real value’ Revised Teaching and Learning Strategy 2002-05
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Learning Technologies Group
University of Oxford
“Developing IT skills has been stressful for me because IT skills don’t seem to have as much value as other skills like thinking and struggling with the problems of my research. It does give me stress—I don’t have time to spend on these courses here, and I don’t think of the long-term, where it might actually help. So having some kind of guide or statement from the authorities saying this is how you should spend you time as a student-- that would help to give IT that sort of equal value so you can invest the time in it as part of your professional path. And then you won’t feel guilty about spending time on it! I think people want to develop their IT skills but they are under a lot of stress and deadlines and demands—investing for the long term is hard because IT is a gradual process with a long-term commitment.”
“There is a difference between the tutorial time itself and the preparation for the tutorial, and I think the basic assumption behind the tutorial is that you come prepared and your tutor comes prepared and you discuss what you have already seen and read and thought about compared to other things. And I think that looking at data or articles or anything during that time will take a lot of time and won’t be efficient in terms of the discussion, and it will fragment it. On the other hand if you are preparing for a tutorial and the tutor says ‘hey take a look at this website’, I think it is really helpful. Maybe you can look at that website during the tutorial if it’s relevant to the discussion, but that’s as much as I can think of.”
“Tutorial? I just hand something in and discuss it with my supervisor. Occasionally he’ll have his laptop and look up something on a search online, which is quite useful. In my own teaching I think it would be quite useful to do the same but we tend to get stuck in these dingy little rooms with no access to a computer so I can’t really. But it would be useful if I was demonstrating online databases, websites or search engines. You sort of tell the students about them, and they go ‘hmmm’, but you know they aren’t going to go look it up. But if you could do it in front of them, that would be very useful. If they have a query, they could practice researching how to look up a question and that would be really good for them.”