UCISA Report – 2014 Survey of Technology Enhanced Learning for Higher Education in the UK

There’s been a document on a tab in my browser I’ve had open since September…the 2014 Survey of Technology Enhanced Learning for Higher Education in the UK follows on from other similar publications by UCISA (Universities and Colleges Information Systems Association) and appears to be a really worthwhile read especially in terms of my MA.

A specific key finding of the report addresses the barriers to TEL (Technology Enhanced Learning) within Higher Education, lack of time and lack of academic staff knowledge are cited as being the top obstacles and ones I’d like to look at further in light of my pending research project.

Hopefully this research from UCISA will help develop and potentially focus some of the areas I wish to look at in the coming months.

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Google Scholar

Over the last week I’ve recommended Google Scholar to two colleagues looking for authentic articles in contemporary areas of study. It’s a resource I frequently use in my own research area; learning technologies are constantly evolving and many of the articles I reference feature fairy modern discussions which traditional journals find hard to keep pace of.

As my go to resource for articles and publications I find it invaluable, so it’s always nice to point others in the direction of something which is of great use. Many of the emerging subjects being taught within creative education have yet to have any formal articles published in physical form and so having an area you can search which includes digital publications is really helpful. The colleagues I mentioned this resource to last week both work in very new subject areas and they weren’t having much luck finding relevant publications to reference. However after using Google Scholar to search in their chosen fields we did find some useful articles.

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EdMedia 2014

The EdMedia World conference on Educational Media and Technology is an annual event hosted by the AACE (Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education). This years conference had delegates for 61 countries in attendance.

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As part of the conference Educational Technology at Falmouth University in collaboration with Jarno Tolonen from Education Technology Services at Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Finland, had a submitted paper accepted for presentation. The paper addressed the theme “New roles of the instructor and learner” and is titled: “Empowering the Learning Event: New Roles for Learning and Teaching”.

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