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Student use of recorded lectures

Should recordings support, or replace, the traditional lecture? Does the context of physically being in a lecture room listening to a live human presentation add anything to the learning experience that couldn’t be obtained from watching a video at the

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The Future of Lectures

Long the mainstay of post-school education delivery is the lecture under threat from new technology? Such was the opinion recently voiced by Donald Clark in a keynote at the recent ALT-C conference and summarized here with comments. I shan’t attempt

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Education 2.0 – How Technology is Changing the Way We Learn

The early 21st century is proving to an era of unprecedentedly fast and relentlessly accelerating change. Initially this change is technological, but ultimately it will also be societal. This article discusses the relationship between this era of change and the

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What is a Learning Technologist?

Recent years have seen a new title appearing among the job vacancy ads, that of learning/educational technologist. The terms “learning” and “educational” technologist are equivalent, with “educational” favored in North America while “learning” is preferred in Great Britain. But what

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Learning in the Information Age

There is widespread belief that society is moving from the industrial age to the information age. This paper discusses what is meant by the term information age and how society will differ from the industrial era of the previous two

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Accessibility in Educational Technology

Educational Technology has the potential to offer learning opportunities to a wider audience than ever before, and as such has the power to promote a fairer and more equal society. The issue of accessibility is concerned with ensuring that the

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Recorded Lectures

The formal lecture has long been at the heart of university education. Large numbers of students form the audience while the professor holds center stage imparting his/her wisdom. That lectures have remained for so long as a major method of

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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 Limitations of Educational Technology

Having commented at some length on the advantages of using technology in the support of learning we now consider some of the limitations. Technology is an extremely valuable addition to the educator’s toolbox. However, it does not replace traditional media

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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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