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  • Reaching the -eyed generation
    • Bill Ashraf
    • email: [email_address]
  • Why did I get into this?
  • My student background
    • BSc Applied Biology
    • (Nottingham Trent University)
    • 1982-1986
    • PhD Microbiology
    • (University of Warwick)
    • 1986-1989
    • Executive PT MBA
    • (Bradford School of Management)
    • 2003-2005
  • Why did the University support me?
  • Some Hot Issues- a degree in two years?!
    • Reviewing engagement with students
    • “ Elite to Universal HE system”
    • Students as customers
  • Changing circumstances …
    • Increasing competition
    • Progressive de-regulation
    • Students as customers
    • Customers requiring greater flexibility in delivery
    • An increasingly diverse student population
    Christine E King Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive April 2003 University Plan 2003-2008
  • Changing circumstances …
    • Innovation and variation in programme delivery (distance learning, part-time, 24/7 learning)
    • An increasingly diverse student population
    • Media and marketing savvy consumers
    • Changing pace of technology
    • IT literacy, particularly amongst the under 25’s
  • Why did students go for it?
  • Engage today's students where they learn, on the Internet, audio players and mobile phones The application of this technological innovation allows for the introduction of a 24/7 learning environment in a rapidly developing customer led 24/7 culture
  • m-learning
    • “… .concerned with learner mobility, in the sense that learners should be able to engage in educational activities without the constraints of having to do so in a highly delimited location” (Mobile Learning [2005], Editors: Kukulska-Hume & Traxler)
    Education becomes more portable than ever before!
  • Digital convergence “ Essentially convergence means we are doing more with technology but we want to use fewer gadgets to do it with.” Mark Ward BBC Technology Correspondent
  • Podcasting
    • “ Podcasting refers to any software and hardware combination that permits automatic downloading of audio files to an MP3 player or mobile phone for listening at the user's convenience”.
      • + audio content can be created,distributed, and downloaded from the web easily
    • barriers to adoption and costs are minimal, and the tools to implement podcasts are simple and affordable
    • education becomes more portable than ever before
  • Podcasts
  • Digital Natives/Digital Immigrants
    • In recent years there have been changes in the aspirations, economic realities, commitment and progression of our students.
    “ Our students have changed radically. Today’s students are no longer the people our educational system was designed to teach” .   Marc Prensky
  • Food for thought
    • The “new media”
        • email (250,000)
        • 30 weeks playing video games
        • 60 weeks on the mobile phone
        • 21 weeks on-line
  • ........ more
    • Gartner claim that by 2009
      • 50% courses offered will be a hybrid face-to-face and on-line learning
      • more than 80% students will use mobile technology as a tool for learning.
  • Apple Confidential
    • Last TV broadcast Saturday (16 Dec 06)
    • “ TV is so last century” comment on BBC Radio 4 “Today” programme
    • (15 Dec 06)
  • Who needs lectures?
    • Who needs lectures?
    • How useful are lectures?
    • Large classes >200 students
    • Problems with logistics
    • Can podcasting be used instead?
    • Students don’t like large classes?
    • Students like smaller class sizes?
  • Podcasting - The Future of Lectures?
    • “ Blended learning is the combination of multiple approaches to pedagogy or teaching .
    • For example:- self-paced, collaborative or inquiry-
    • based study. Blended learning can be accomplished
    • through the use of 'blended' virtual and physical
    • resources”.
    • Examples include combinations of technology-based
    • materials and traditional print materials.
  • Where Next?
    • Using Podcasting as:
      • - Assessment
      • - Feedback
    • Working with colleagues
    • Screencasts
  • What Next: Engagement?
  • Thanks for listening