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Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Higher Education in a Web 2.0 World

You can download and read an important report out today about the impact of Web 2.0 on teaching and learning: Higher Education in a Web 2.0 World

Haven't read it myself yet, but I'm liking the recommendations for 'Staff Skills:
  • HEIs support staff to continue to reflect on research into learning so that they are able to make fully informed choices about their teaching and assessment methods (paragraphs 86; 88; 98)
  • HEIs support staff to become proficient users of an appropriate range of technologies and skilled practitioners of e-pedagogy, incorporating both into initial staff training and CPD programmes (paragraphs 51–53; 70–71)
  • HEIs explore ways in which the tutor/student relationship might be developed based on the Web 2.0 skills and attitudes of students (paragraphs 52; 89)
  • HEIs provide ongoing support for staff to maintain the currency of their information literacies (paragraph 74)
  • JISC uses its Regional Support Centres2 to assist colleges in the development of staff in the use of Web 2.0 technologies (paragraphs 51–53; 70–71)
  • HEA develops a targeted staff support and CPD programme, cross-cutting its subject centres, aimed at identifying and spreading best practice in the use of Web 2.0 tools in pedagogy (paragraphs 51–53; 70–71)
  • The Leadership Foundation3 considers the best way to include awareness of the full range of new technologies in their senior management development programmes(paragraphs 86; 98)
  • JISC and Becta4 continue to support research into teaching and learning using Web 2.0 tools (paragraphs 86; 88; 98)
  • TDA5 and LLUK6 consider ways in which Web 2.0 technologies are embedded into training programmes for new staff (paragraphs 51–53; 70–71)
  • HEA works with Universities UK7, Guild HE8 and the HE funding bodies to review the UK Professional Standards Framework for Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education to ensure that it pays due regard to awareness of new and developing technologies, their capacities and impact on students and learning and teaching (paragraphs 51–53; 70–71;74; 80–81; 86; 98)

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