24 June 2009

James Atherton's learning and teaching site

Learning and teaching
Three linked sites exploring learning and teaching in college, adult and professional education
authored by James Atherton, a somewhat self-effacing but extremely experienced (and award-winning) UK educator. The site includes:
  1. An introduction to theories of learning for teachers and others, with references and links to further reading
  2. A practice-focussed introduction to teaching
  3. Atherton's own take on some issues in teaching and learning, and what he's found to be useful background ideas

23 June 2009

Educating the Net Generation

Educating the net generation

The 'Net Generation' or 'Digital Natives', born roughly 1980-94, have been characterised by their familiarity with and reliance on information and communication technologies. Many argue that the digital culture in which the Net Generation has grown up has influenced their preferences and skills in a number of key areas related to education. How well are Universities and their staff equipped to meet the needs of these students?

This project has:
  • investigated how commencing first year students and their teachers use traditional and emerging technology-based tools in their everyday lives and to support student learning
  • drawn on the expertise of teachers and the results of this investigation to develop and implement pedagogically sound, technology-based tools to enhance student learning in local learning environments

The outcomes are:

The Handbook: practice and policy guidelines developed from the project findings.

Educating the Net Generation: Tools and resources including research instruments that can be adapted and reused to investigate student and staff use of new technologies, and for planning and evaluating implementations of new technology-based activities in higher education.

15 June 2009

Beyond current horizons

Beyond Current Horizons

This is a sociological rather than a techological vision of the future, which "explores the future for education, beyond 2025. The aim is to help our education system prepare for and develop an ongoing and sustainable response to the challenges it faces as society and technology rapidly evolve.

04 June 2009

JISC Infonet

Infokit on social software for education

In 1989 one of the main objectives of the WWW was to be a space in which anyone could be creative, to which anyone could contribute.
(Tim Berners Lee, 2005)

Unfortunately, although the web became an excellent repository of information, it became a place where only technically adept users and organisations would author content. The arrival of new services (often referred to as 'Web 2.0') has helped to remove many of the barriers preventing users from participating. Thanks to this wave of new services we have seen a massive rise in the uptake of web authoring and collaboration. The term this new wave of social activity has been given varies i.e. Social Software, Social Media and Social Computing. The key word is 'Social'! ...

This infokit explains about social software, illustrated with real-life examples, and outlining potential uses for learning and teaching, research and business and community engagement. It also aims to highlight the key issues which those working across the sector may need to consider when implementing such technologies, and to provide pointers for successful use."