Thursday, 2 October 2008

Staff and student expectations

A recent report by UCISA (from a JIC project) have come up with some interesting, if not seemingly obvious results in a new report. A few of the findings are;

The report shows that key success factors include:
• a dedicated local champion to help promote and develop technology enhanced learning within higher education institutions
• enabling academics the time to learn and develop the skills to use technology based tools
• strategic direction is needed to guide academics on the best use of web 2.0 technologies such as streaming media, mobile computing and pod-casts to aid teaching and learning.

Read the full article online

On a related note we had a visit from Dr Fergus McKay who heads up this new'ish department, which is linked to (and funded by) the QIA website/agency. For those who don't know what WMCETT are, this is taken from their website :

"WMCETT operates across Coventry, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire and South Birmingham. WMCETT includes COVES and other organisations that have already made influential contributions in their field, with staff that are recognised as outstanding practitioners."

They have 4 priority areas: FE, WBL, ACL, and skills.

Fergus partners with organsiations that proivide CPD/training and promoting CPD to all educators across the West Midlands region. The results of previous research , projects and initiatives can be accessed from their website. They also provide limited funding for small scale action research projects. Links with the QIA and IFL are obvious and they are even looking at ways to help academics to use the ILF reflect tool. Fergus is working with us on a blended technology for teacher training event we are running, funded by the Academy.

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