IT and learning in Higher Education

Paul C. Robins, Helen E. Higson

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Educational institutions are under pressure to provide high quality education to large numbers of students very efficiently. The efficiency target combined with the large numbers generally militates against providing students with a great deal of personal or small group tutorial contact with academic staff. As a result of this, students often develop their learning criteria as a group activity, being guided by comparisons one with another rather than the formal assessments made of their submitted work. IT systems and the World Wide Web are increasingly employed to amplify the resources of academic departments although their emphasis tends to be with course administration rather than learning support. The ready availability of information on the World Wide Web and the ease with which is may be incorporated into essays can lead students to develop a limited view of learning as the process of finding, editing and linking information. This paper examines a module design strategy for tackling these issues, based on developments in modules where practical knowledge is a significant element of the learning objectives. Attempts to make effective use of IT support in these modules will be reviewed as a contribution to the development of an IT for learning strategy currently being undertaken in the author’s Institution.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIPSI-2005 Proceedings International Conference on Advances in Internet, Processing, Systems and Interdisciplinary Research
PublisherIPSI Belgrade
ISBN (Print)86-7466-117-3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2005

Bibliographical note

IPSI-2005, 27 July - 1 August 2005, Pescara (IT).


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