Integrating Technology into the Activities of a Traditional University: Facing up to the Problems.
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In: A.J. Kallenberg and M.J.J.M. van de Ven (Eds), 2002, The New Educational Benefits of ICT in Higher Education: Proceedings. Rotterdam: Erasmus Plus BV, OECR<br> ISBN 90-9016127-9
This paper describes the evolution of an institutional strategy for on-line learning development at a traditional campus based university. It evaluates the implementation of this strategy, mainly by analysis of feedback obtained from staff attending ICT related training courses. One conclusion from the evaluation is that it is possible to avoid unnecessary duplication of resources, even in a highly devolved organisational structure, by a combination of central leadership and appropriate locally based support. Other conclusions include the fact that a majority of staff are quite eager to use ICT tools to improve what they do and that the major factor which prevents them is confusion about, and reliability of, both networked and local ICT tools and services. There is also evidence to show that concerns about technology taking a lead in the future design of pedagogic approaches are not well founded. It is quite clear that most, if not all staff are sufficiently professional in their approach to ensure that any use of ICT benefits, rather than harms, the student learning experience.