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14th July, University of Durham
Using C&IT in the Arts and Humanities: Opportunities and Obstacles
Dr Frances Condron
C&IT in Teaching and Learning Initiatives
Through the '90s, there have been numerous initiatives promoting and supporting the use of C&IT for teaching and learning, as illustrated in the following figure:
ALT (Association for Learning Technology); CTI (Computers in Teaching Initiative); EHE (Enterpreise in HE); ELTHE (Evaluation of Learning Technology in HE); FDTL (Forum for the Development of Teaching and Learning); ILTHE (Institute of Learning and Teaching in HE); JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee); LTDI (Learning Technology Dissemination Initiative); MAN (Metropolitan Area Networks); SCONUL (Standing Conference of National and University Libraries);TLTP (Teaching and Learning Technology Programme); TLTSN (Teaching and Learning Technology Support Network); UMI (Use of MANs Initiative).
Based on LTRG (1999) Use of TLTP Materials in UK Higher Education. Available online at http://www.flp.ed.ac.uk/LTRG/TLTP.html.
Surveys in 1998 highlight the following opportunities and obstacles to the use of C&IT in teaching and learning:
- Access to information, resources and people
- new methods of presentation and analysis
- new ways of teaching and assessing, creation of new learning environments
- new collaborations within and between institutions, libraries etc.
- lack of suitable quality resources
- limited awareness of available resources
- copyright and other restrictions to access
- usage is dependent on available equipment and support (technological and pedagogical)
- failure to recognise research value of creating and using digital resources
- no rewards for innovative use of C&IT in teaching and learning
Based on AHDS (1998) Scholars' Information Requirements in a Digital Age, available online at http://ahds.ac.uk/public/uneeds/un0.html and LTRG (1999) Use of TLTP Materials in UK Higher Education. Available online at http://www.flp.ed.ac.uk/LTRG/TLTP.html.
A range of new initiatives are underway:
The Teaching Quality Enhancement Fund:
- institutional funding (grants of £300k - £400k are available per institution), to support individual institutions and the creation/strengthening of regional networks
- subject areas - the ILT (institute for learning and teaching) and LTSN (learning technology support network). In total, around £6m per year will be available
- individual funding - individuals can receive funding where their projects have been identified within an institution's strategic plans.
The ILT (institute for teaching and learning) http://www.ilt.ac.uk/:
- co-ordinate and manage the LTSN
- accreditation framework recognising the importance of teaching and learning in higher education
- direct and institutional routes to ILT membership
- financial benefits!
The RDN (resource discovery network) http://www.rdn.ac.uk/:
- HUMBUL (Humanities Bulletin Board) http://users.ox.ac.uk/~humbul/
- BIOME (life sciences, health); EMC (engineering, maths, computing); SOSIG/BizEd (social sciences, business, law).
The UfI, NGfL, Lifelong Learning?
What works in the humanities?
- Communication tools: email, bulletin boards, discussion lists, collaborative learning tools
- Customisable resources: templates for learning
- Resource-based learning: using databanks such as LION, epigraphy databases, image databanks
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