Information and Communications Technology (ICT) has proved to be one of the key drivers of change in education. In higher education particularly, ICT is enabling educators, educational developers and institutions to 'reach out' to learners, using innovative approaches based on the flexibility, accessibility and diversity that it offers.
This book is based on the experiences of expert educational developers from the UK, United States, Canada, South Africa and Malaysia. It considers the ways in which ICT can be used to enhance learning both on and off campus, and how educators and institutions have tackled the issues associated with the adoption of new approaches and technologies. However, as the development of new technology is relentless, the book recognizes that ICT is not a panacea in itself -- good teaching remains crucial to good education. With this in mind, the contributors address issues beyond 'technology', looking at the importance of teaching and at the skills of teachers themselves if ICT is to be truly successful. Coverage is grouped into four key themes:
*strategic issues for ICT initiatives
*introducing ICT into the classroom
*using ICT in practice
*using ICT in learning and educational support
International in scope, and written by educators and educational developers rather than by technologists, this book is intended to be accessible to anyone with a critical interest in improving education through the use of ICT. It will be of particular interest to staff and educational developers, ICT coordinators, course leaders and course developers.
Dr Stephen Fallows is Reader in Educational Development at the University of Luton. Dr Rakesh Bhanot is the Programme Manager for the postgraduate course in Learning and Teaching in HE at Coventry University.
'There is something of interest for a wide audience and it would be of use to all educational developers' - Educational Developments
'An honest but optimistic view of the development of education through information and communications technology.' - Janet Goodhall, Escalate