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Preparing for Innovative practice with e-Learning

Ros Smith
Last modified 09 May, 2005
Published 09 May, 2005
JISC is publishing a guide to innovative practice with e-learning which will look at the use of mobile and wireless technologies in HE, FE and ACL.

Mobile phones are now an essential part of life for many people, and particularly students. Combined with the features of PDAs, the 3G phone now offers innovative opportunities for learning and teaching. Learning activities delivered to students via their phone can be accessed anytime, any place; students can also use mobile devices to capture information as text, image or audio files. Such use of mobile technologies can still be described as ‘innovative’, but may rapidly become mainstream, as increasingly, practitioners and managers recognise the learning and teaching potential inherent in the newer technologies.

Institutions benefit if learning experiences are enhanced and extended. Many colleges and universities have set up wireless networks in the determination to provide their learners with a fully effective and connected learning environment. Using mobile devices within these contexts clearly increases flexibility. Conversely, mobile devices have also proved their worth in less hospitable environments, such as outreach provision and work-based learning. How institutions have tackled such challenges in pursuit of their learning and teaching vision forms the basis of ten case studies in the new JISC publication “Innovative Practice with e-Learning” to be launched at the ALT-C Conference in September.

This guide is a sister publication to “Effective Practice with e-Learning” published last autumn under the e-Learning and Pedagogy strand of the e-Learning Programme and will explore what institutions are currently doing with mobile and wireless technologies. The aim is not to project into the blue skies of future possibilities, but to capture what is happening here and now, to address what the risks and benefits are to the institutions concerned and discuss how the implementation of wireless and mobile technologies, both small scale and institution-wide, can add value to learning.

The guide will come with a supporting CD-ROM which includes checklists of guidance to managers and video clips for five of the case studies. You can register your interest in the publication by completing the online expression of interest form available from the JISC site.


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