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Thursday, 24 September 2009

Recent e-Learning Publications

Three new publications showcasing recent JISC research into curriculum design and the needs and aspirations of digital learners were launched at the recent Association for Learning Technology conference in Manchester. The reports aim to inform curriculum development and disseminate good practice for universities and colleges looking to respond to students’ views on e-learning and prepare them for study in a digital age.

JISC programme manager Sarah Knight said: “Two of these publications draw together the latest findings from JISC’s £11.36 million e-learning programme which ended in March 2009, and show the central role technology is playing
in enhancing the curriculum design processes and practices in UK colleges and universities.”

  1. ‘Responding to Learners’, is a resource pack which offers recommendations on how institutions can better respond to learners’ expectations and uses of technology, as well as practical guidance on how to embed learners’ voices more effectively into institutional processes and practice. The pack brings together the research findings from the ‘learners’ experiences of e-learning’ theme of JISC’s e-learning programme, which funded a total of ten projects from 2005 to 2009, and involved over 200 learners in qualitative research with more than 3000 survey respondents. Download the pack at: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/publications/documents/respondingtolearners
  2. e-Learning is explored from a strategic viewpoint in ‘Managing Curriculum Change’, which investigates how technology can help make curriculum design processes more responsive and the experience of learning more engaging, inclusive and rewarding. The publication visualises a curriculum lifecycle, with a focus on who needs to be involved to help theory become reality. The written report is supported by the web based Design Studio, a dynamic online toolkit hosted by JISC InfoNet, which draws together a range of JISC resources around technology-enhanced curriculum design and delivery. Download the resources at: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/publications/documents/managingcurriculumchange
  3. Learning literacies for a digital age summarises findings from a recent JISC-funded report of the same name. Sarah explained: “For those in education who want to design more engaging learning experiences, having a greater understanding of students’ expectations with respect to technology is really key, especially as these are constantly changing. The case studies in JISC’s publication allow us to take a real cross-section of the student population’s needs and share that knowledge across universities and colleges nationally.” ‘Learning Literacies in a Digital Age’ explores examples of technology skills provision in UK further and higher education and offers a series of recommendations for institutions which want to evaluate their own provision in this area, based on original data including 15 institutional audits and over 40 examples of innovative practice from across the UK. Download the briefing paper at: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/publications/documents/learningliteraciesbp

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