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The New Technologies - some issues

I presented with Graham Hart at the 1999 Anglia Polytechnic University Staff Conference '99
When Sep 14, 1999
Where Cambridge

We presented some slides and also ran a workshop which raised the following issues:

  • Learning as a social not a purely technical activity?
  • On-line demands on the teaching staff - response time, hours?
  • Exclusion for the information-poor - what is the university's role and mission?
  • Some learning outcomes demand collaborative working - how with technology?
  • What does attendance mean for learners?  Need for clarity about expectations?
  • Widening access is not synonymous with lifelong learning
  • Synchronous meetings help keep deadlines and manage learning and time-demands
  • Face-to-face can make a good basis for subsequent online learning
  • Training for staff expectation
  • Students expecting flexibility
  • Minimum specification for the technology
  • Frequently asked questions important
  • More flexible administrative processes for assessement
  • Courses intensive or totally open-ended should be options
  • University should exploit its stand-alone modules
  • Series of incremental expansion, not 'big-bang'
  • Don't lose sight of other technologies - local broadcast etc
  • Technology overload for staff - no real way of knowing whats on offer - do we need an Intranet for sharing knowledge between staff?
  • Must not lose the message in the medium
  • Need for staff development - resource implications - how would central services communicate courses on offer
  • Do not go overboard on technology - it should be appropriate and work sensibly with other resources
  • Tension between administrative convenience and student experience
  • Timescales - should we allow flexibility for the student
  • Tension between student expectation and what can be delivered - need for technical support for students
  • Need for a general policy statement about technology expectations - potential mismatch between students' technology and centrally determined standards?

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Lewis Carroll describes a fictional map that had:

"the scale of a mile to the mile."

A character notes some practical difficulties with such a map and states that:

"we now use the country itself, as its own map, and I assure you it does nearly as well."
— Sylvie and Bruno Concluded, Lewis Carroll, 1893

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