It takes a bit of imagination...

Bond, Steve, Wodehouse, Andrew, Leung, Samuel and Wallace, Iain (2007) It takes a bit of imagination... In, JISC Online Conference 2007: Digital Libraries in the Classroom, Web Conference, 11 - 14 Jun 2007. Bristol, UK, Joint Information Systems Committee.


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This workshop will adopt a scenario planning approach to ask participants to engage in some forward thinking around the implications of different approaches to institutional transformation.

The implementation of new technologies to support learning and teaching is sometimes led by a combination of external agendas and institutional strategic drivers, for example quality assurance, widening participation. Sometimes it is 'bottom-up', through learners or teachers adopting technological developments, which are subsequently institutionalised, for example pod-casting, blogging. Quite often innovative change in practice is started by individual e-learning champions, perhaps with the help of development grants. Too often though, this development work is not embedded within institutional practice. We would argue that developments led by real pedagogic need offers a strong basis on which to really embed within and transform institutions.

The workshop will present some innovative technological developments which answered specific pedagogical needs across a number of disciplines: Humanities, Geography, Design Engineering and Anthropology. These were led by academic teams, involved partnerships across and between institutions, demanded new teaching models and approaches and were intended from the outset to be embedded within institutional practice. The Digital Libraries in the Classroom Programme aims to improve and enhance the learning experience of students through innovative technical approaches with digital content. The four projects have all demonstrated that the integration of digital developments into core curriculum practice can have a significant impact on student achievement, institutional structures and practices. All four projects, The Spoken Word (Glasgow Caledonian University), DialogPLUS (University of Southampton), DIDET (University of Strathclyde) and DART (London School of Economics) involved collaborations between UK and US universities.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: The workshop paper is presented under Theme 1 Institutional Transformation of the conference and is supported by two other presentations: Transforming Learning Methods and Spaces, and Staff support for e-learning: a new type of partnership.
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Keywords: e-learning, institutional impact, scenario planning, drivers for change, digital libraries in the classroom, learning space
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4050 Electronic information resources
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Geography
ePrint ID: 48355
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Date Event
11 July 2007Published
4 June 2007Submitted
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2007
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:24

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