The use of new technologies in education developed rapidly in the 1990s, as, for example, with the Internet, whose impact on educational practice could not have been predicted seven years ago. Much is now expected of this technology, but has its adoption led to the development of genuinely innovative approaches to teaching and learning?
Originally published in the journal Alt-J, the papers collected in The Changing Face of Learning Technology illustrate how the field of learning technology has developed since the journal was launched in 1993. The volume is divided into four sections: design and evaluation of technology-mediated learning environments, institutional change, learning technology in a networked infrastructure, and reflections on future possibilities, and a short update of each article has been written to highlight developments in the area of the original presentation.
The distinctive approach of this collection provides an interpretative framework for an understanding of the use and design of learning technology. It is hoped that this will stimulate an appreciation of underlying issues and their significance for supporting learning and teaching in both higher and further education.
About the Author
David Squires is Professor of Educational Computing at King’s College, London
Gráinne Conole is Director of the Institute for Learning and Research at Bristol University.
Gabriel Jacobs is Professor of European Business Management at University of Wales, Swansea.
Table of Contents
Introduction: the changing face of learning technology David Squires, Gráinne Conole and Gabriel Jacobs
Design and evaluation of learning technology
Rich environments for active learning: a definition R. Scott Grabinger and Joanna C. Dunlap
Learning relationships from theory to design C. J. H. Fowler and J. T. Mayes
The impact of educational technology: a radical reappraisal of research methods P. David Mitchell
CAL evaluation: future directions Cathy Gunn
Enabling learning through technology: some institutional imperatives Audrey McCartan, Barbara Watson, Janet Lewins and Margaret Hodgson
Reinventing the university Stephen Brown
Supporting organizational change: fostering a more flexible approach to course delivery Gail Hart, Yoni Ryan and Kerry Bagdon
Staff development at RMIT: bottom-up work serviced by top-down investment and policy Carmel McNaught and Paul Kennedy
Learning technology in a networked infrastructure
Improving instructional effectiveness with computer-mediated communication Som Naidu, John Barrett and Peter Olsen
From the sage on the stage to what exactly? Description and the place of the moderator in co-operative and collaborative learning Chris Jones
Developing lifelong learners: a novel online problem-based ultrasonography subject Laura C. Minasian-Batmanian, Anthony J. Koppi and Elaine J. Pearson
Real-time interactive social environments: a review of BT’s Generic Learning Platform Michael Gardner and Holly Ward
Peripatetic electronic teachers in higher education David Squires
Index of articles