Overcoming Conceptual Barriers to the Use of Internet Technology in University Education

Littlejohn, Allison and Sclater, Niall (1998). Overcoming Conceptual Barriers to the Use of Internet Technology in University Education. In: WebNet 98 World Conference of the WWW, Internet and Intranet, 07-12 Nov 1998, Orlando, Florida, USA.

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Abstract

Recent government legislation has led to an upsurge in interest and debate over the use of Internet technology in university education. But how are academic staff being supported through this minefield of change? The aim of this paper is to outline the lessons learned in helping academics at the University of Strathclyde to bridge the skills gap for their future teaching and learning. The University has recently implemented an initiative to promote good practice in the development and use of new learning technologies to enhance teaching and learning. This paper explores how concerns voiced by academic staff were instrumental in developing strategies to overcome conceptual barriers to the use of Internet technology. This was achieved during the implementation of a skills development program at the University. This program includes workshops exploring pedagogical and practical issues, teaching skills development to faculty via the web, the creation of a community of scholars and providing consultancy to individual departments. The metaphor of the Clyde Virtual University provided a conceptual framework on which academics could discuss and develop pedagogical issues.

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