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David White discusses some of the effects of Web 2.0 on HEI policy and strategy, based in part on survey data carried out at TALL

David White discusses some of the effects of Web 2.0 on HEI policy and strategy, based in part on survey data carried out at TALL

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  • 1. Policy & Strategy David White, Co-manager, Technology-Assisted Lifelong Learning, Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford
  • 2. The Characters Involved
    • Open Standards Fundamentalist: we just need XML
    • Open Source Fundamentalist: we just need Linux
    • Open content Fundamentalist: we must share everything
    • Vendor Fundamentalist: we must need next version of our enterprise system (and you must fit in with this)
    • Accessibility Fundamentalist: must do WAI WCAG
    • User Fundamentalist: we must do whatever users want
    • Legal Fundamentalist: it breaches copyright, …
    • Ownership Fundamentalist: must own everything
    • Perfectionist: It doesn't do everything, so we'll do nothing
    • Simplistic Developer: I've developed a perfect solution – I don't care if it doesn't run in the real world
    • Web 2.0 Fundamentalist: Must use latest cool stuff
  • 3. Where is the edge of the Institution?
    • Does the institution want to own or facilitate the ‘chat down the pub?
    • Institutional boundary is becoming blurred, part of the overall ‘zeitgeist’
      • Economic
      • Web 2.0
      • Global
      • Social
    • E-learning becomes simply Learning ?
  • 4. The changing role of computing services?
    • Provision of specialist services
    • Everyone gets a computer for admin
    • Everyone gets email
    • VLE – elearning
    • Provision of social spaces
  • 5. The challenge shifts from the technical to the cultural
    • This stuff works pretty well (drives this issue)
    • Do computing services become advisors as much as providers?
    • Ownership, Legal, Risk etc
    • Are we dealing with ‘Digital Natives’ or is that a red herring?
  • 6. What’s actually being used?
    • SPIRE survey results:
    • http://tallblog.conted.ox.ac.uk/index.php/2007/03/16/some-real-data-on-web-20-use/
  • 7. 80% Usage
  • 8.  
  • 9. Thoughts
    • Need to educate all involved to become ‘new media’ literate
    • Need for institutions to grapple with the ‘new media’ economy / social media
    • Institutions need to decide what their role is in this economy
    • Institutional boundary is blurring
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