Policy and Strategy

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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

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Policy and Strategy

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

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