Posted by: MandyS | June 27, 2013

Drawing the threads together

Block 3, Week 17, Activity 5:

1. What are your personal thoughts on the relationship between technologies and educational reform? (For example, is technology itself a cause of reform or an instrument used to encourage reform?)

I would argue that technology has both brought about and is a driver for reform. As Lynne says, digital literacy is one of the key employability tools and that cannot be ignored. Whatever teachers and students might think about technology in learning, it is here to stay and, to that end, everyone should really be seeking to get the best out it. In another 20 years, I have no doubt we will all be discussing the virtues or otherwise of something else which has had a significant impact on student learning. The thought of the current world without technology, either in learning or otherwise, doesn’t really bear thinking about.

2. What influence do you think the producers and developers of technologies and services have on university decisions about introducing new technologies?

Today, it is all about value for money and administrators are perhaps much more savvy than they were 15 years ago about the technology they employ; the market is saturated and technology has to be workable. I think the days of technology being introduced for introductions sake are behind us and it has to serve a designated purpose before it will be considered. For that reason, I would argue that they have less control now than they did then.


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