1st Edition

Using Technology to Support Learning and Teaching

By Andy Fisher, Kate Exley, Dragos Ciobanu Copyright 2014
    248 Pages 28 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    248 Pages 28 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The climate of Higher Education is changing rapidly. The students are more likely to see themselves as consumers and have increasingly high expectations regarding teaching and learning. Universities are in part aiming to meet this need by increasing the use of technology; for example, whether to increase access to teaching materials outside the classroom or to make lectures more interactive. Although there is no illusion amongst Higher Education intuitions that technology is a panacea, it is clear that technology is a vital tool in meeting expectations and one that will be used more and more. Consequently the context of this book is one in which technology needs to be understood as part of an overall teaching practice.

    Technology continues to move on a pace and is used increasingly within Higher Education to support and enhance teaching and learning. There are books which are steeped in technical detail and books which are steeped in theoretical pedagogy with little discussion about the impact on learning and student/teacher behaviour. Using Technology to Support Learning and Teaching fills a gap in the market by providing a jargon free (but pedagogically informed) set of guidance for teaching practitioners who wish to consider a variety of ways in which technology can enrich their practice and the learning of their students. It integrates a wide range of example cases from different kinds of HE institutions and different academic disciplines, illustrating practicable pedagogies to a wide range of readers. It is full of advice, hints and tips for practitioners wanting to use technology to support a style of teaching and learning that is also built on sound pedagogical principles. It will provide a quick user-friendly reference for practitioners wanting to incorporate technology into Higher Education in a way that adheres to their learning principles and values .

    This book is primarily for teaching practitioners, particularly those who are new to the industry.This book would also prove useful on training courses for practitioners; such as the Postgraduate Certificate for Higher Education. The authors also intend that the book be of value to newer teachers (perhaps taking teacher training programmes) who wish to see where recommended approaches link to pedagogy.

    Chapter 1: Some Theory

    Chapter 2: Inclusive Practice: Disability and Diversity

    Chapter 3: Collaboration and Networking – The use of Social Media

    Chapter 4: Technology for Interaction

    Chapter 5: Technology for Assessment and Feedback

    Chapter 6: Podcasting and Vodcasting

    Chapter 7: Virtual Learning Environments

    Chapter 8: Free resources

    Chapter 9: Immersive Environments

    Chapter 10: New Developments


    Andy Fisher is Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham, UK.

    Kate Exley is Senior Staff Development Officer at the University of Leeds, UK, and a consultant in HE.

    Dragoş Ciobanu is Lecturer in Translation Studies at the University of Leeds, UK.

    "It will be of interest to anyone who seeks to utilize technology in higher education, or who is more broadly interested in critical reflection on the relationship between educational research and technology in practice." —Reflective Teaching