Development meeting 28 January 2009

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I have set up a delicious tag flexiblelearning09 and started adding things. this article looks interesting as it gives an overview of how an organisation has progressed with FL and also outlines current trends for FL and future directions. for some reason I could not tag it but will try later.

Online strategy revisited: retrospect and prospect of the use of the web for teaching in universities

Ian C. Reid [HREF1],Associate Director, Flexible Learning Centre, University of South Australia [HREF2], Abstract

For AUSWEB99, I wrote a paper called Online strategy in Higher Education [HREF3] which was a synthesis of the strategic thinking in the literature about how the Web should be used in universities for teaching purposes. Since that time we have seen the explosion of the use of the web for teaching in higher education. We have seen LMSs come and go, both as individual products, and as the sole means by which universities can address strategic dilemmas in providing online teaching tools. Open source software has emerged as a competitor to commercial products and Web 2.0 tools are impacting on online teaching practices. In addition, universities are focusing on a range of new pedagogical strategies in order to improve the quality of their programs. This paper revisits the earlier discussion, reflects on its salience some nine years later, and proposes future directions.

Bronwynh (talk)12:17, 29 January 2009

Not a fan Bron. It is in a format that doesn't engage me (though I realise there are still some people who like to read 2000 words) and it speaks of specifics that I reckon most of the people who will participate in our course (beginners) won't relate to. It also uses inflatory words, and jargon.

"Since that time we have seen the explosion of the use of the web for teaching in higher education."

Have we? Really!

"The world (and the web) in 2008 is a different place to what it was when the earlier AUSWEB paper was written some nine years ago. Universities’ online strategies must respond to a new environment."

etc. I think it would be a good reading for some, and that we should include it in an extra list.. but I don't think it is worthy of spotlighting.

Leighblackall (talk)12:25, 2 February 2009

I am not convinced you have read it at all! I think it has very pertinent concerns highlighted for people. Not everyone is in the same space as us. I would like to leave it on the delicious feed and let people make their own choice whether to read it or not. wasn't planning to make any fanfare about it.

Bronwynh (talk)08:45, 9 February 2009

Oh OK.. sorry. I thought you were planning to use it in the actual course. Absolutely keep it on the Delicious tag. On the tag, I think we just use FlexibleLearning as a tag. That way our readings mix with others which more often than not results in happy findings..

Leighblackall (talk)13:46, 12 February 2009