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IBLC11-Abstract-From Innovation to Institutional Enhancement: Operating in Challenging Times - Glamorgan’s Web 2.0 Story

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Nannayi Dakat
13 May 2011

Author: Dr Trevor Price

Abstract:

Institutional enhancement of learning and teaching through technology (TEL) was a challenging journey for the University of Glamorgan. Building on previous blended learning enhancements undertaken within the University, the University’s work in TEL has been recognised by the Gwella project  and JISC SLiDA Study  for their positive influences. See for example or ‘Turn it in or Turn it off’ project  and our institutional case study.

Students are increasingly engaged collaboratively in learning and study through technologies such as Virtual Learning Environments, online submission and assessment tools. Social software however, has been used mainly in informal settings between friends and family members. Couple this with the fact that some students continue to perceive TEL as a threat, and some academics are concerned about the perceived reactions of their students to reducing face-to-face teaching time and physical access to staff. However there are an increasing number of instances where technology can complement and enhance face-to-face activities.

This paper therefore focuses upon the experience of the development and implementation of web 2.0 technologies across faculties within the University of Glamorgan. This paper will report on the evaluation of the use of web 2.0 technologies such as wikis, blogs and podcasts which have been used as standard and extensively in a distance learning MSc awards within the Faculty of Advanced Technology. In this award students are encouraged to work together on formative and summative assessment tasks within a Blackboard-based VLE.

Keywords: institutional enhancement, technology enhanced learning, case study

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