1st Edition

The e-Revolution and Post-Compulsory Education Using e-Business Models to Deliver Quality Education

Edited By Jos Boys, Peter Ford Copyright 2008
    176 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    176 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Moving debates about ICT and higher education beyond a simple focus on e-learning, this book takes into consideration the provision of post-secondary education as a whole.
    Discussing what is meant by e-business, why e-business approaches are relevant to universities and colleges and the key issues this raises for post-secondary education, this book:

    • examines emerging technologies and provides examples of what an e-institution for education might look like
    • explores what can be learnt from e-business in re-defining the relationships between enterprises and their users and in developing processes to improve services and competitive advantage
    • considers how to improve administrative efficiency, implement faster access and response to information, enhance skills and knowledge development and improve the student experience
    • examines technological innovation and integration, leadership styles, risk assessment and cost-benefit type analyses, re-designing existing organisational frameworks, techniques for overcoming barriers to change and successfully implementing change and the types of technologies required for an e-integrated educational provision

    In a highly competitive educational marketplace, institutions need to react to and embrace new technologies to provide rich and competitive learning environments for the students of tomorrow. The discussion and guidance in this book is essential reading for all leaders, managers and heads of e-learning in higher and further education.

    1. Introduction  2. The Nature of an e-Institution for Education  3. What is e-Business?  4. The Business of Post-Secondary Education  5. Educational Services and the Marketplace 6. Where are we now?  7. Getting from Here to There: Exploring Options  8. Getting from Here to There: Re-Defining your Institution  9. Getting from Here to There: Embedding Information and Communication Technologies  Appendices.  Summary of Useful Sources of Information


    Dr. Jos Boys, Independent E-learning Consultant, UK

    Jos Boys was course leader for one of the first under-graduate programmes in the country to provide one lap-top per student which fully integrated ICT with face-to-face learning. She then worked as an instructional designer and researcher for the Centre for Educational and Technological Development at De Montfort University, Leicester. In addition to co-authoring this book, Jos has undertaken several evaluation projects for JISC including Managed Learning Environments, joined-up systems and the problems of organisational change. She currently works for London Metropolitan University.

    Professor Peter Ford, Emeritus Professor, University of Nottingham, UK

    At various points in his career at the university Peter has held the posts of Director of Information Services, Head of the School of Computer Science and IT, Dean of Science, and Pro-Vice-Chancellor. He continues to be Chairman of the National Computing Centre and EduServ Ltd, and is a non-executive director of a number of other companies concerned with Education or IT. He also acts as an IT consultant for many organisations across the world.

    'This book goes much further than most towards achieving its objective of describing a viable post-compulsory educational e-institution' - British Journal of Educational Technology