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Engaging hearts and minds Best Practice Guide

This Best Practice Guide has been put together by the UCISA (UK Universities and Colleges Information Systems Association) Academic Support Group to provide examples of good practice in engaging academics, and other staff, in the use of Technology Enhanced Learning

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e-learning: The Threat and the Promise

e-learning refers to any learning process that partly or wholly uses computer technology for delivery and or support. The concept of e-learning is not new. Psychology professor Sidney Pressey developed a mechanical teaching machine in the early 1920s. Numerous computer-based

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Learning Technology: The Myths and Facts

This paper considers some of the major issues in the field of learning technology. It seeks to identify areas in which technology has greatest potential to contribute to the learning process, and also those areas in which the application of

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Assessment

The only way learners can really know whether they have understood the concepts they have studied is by trying to apply those concepts, ie through some form of self assessment. Instructors too need to gauge learner understanding of course content

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Sychronous Conferencing in Distance Education

A major drawback of distance education is the isolation experienced by learners. In traditional education it’s easy to seek the guidance of instructors and fellow students. Students often form informal study groups and merely being present in an academic institution

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PowerPoint Lectures

The use of PowerPoint and other digital media CAN greatly enhance a traditional lecture. Pre-preparing visual aids in PowerPoint allows the instructor to select the best possible aids to support his/her message. And once prepared presentations may be re-used or

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Course Material in Electronic form

Provision of course material in electronic form is probably the simplest application of educational technology. But is there any benefit beyond saving photocopying costs? I believe there are several. Having material available online provides access to learning materials 24 hours

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The Benefits of Educational Technology and e-learning

Educational Technology empowers the learner. Traditionally learners enrol on a course and are given a timetable of classes which are held in a particular venue at a particular time. If the learner cannot attend, the opportunity is lost. Through technology

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