The 'success' of the web, the government's push to get everyone connected and ongoing funding cuts all put pressure on universities to employ technology to increase efficiency. Digital technology is often promoted as a panacea which fails only because not everyone 'learns how to use it properly'. It is clear how technology can continue to improve administrative processes but its use more directly in teaching and learning can be more difficult to evaluate?.
Many want technology to be so intuitive that it seamlessly melds with their existing practice and 'disappears into use' while others see it as an opportunity to disrupt the status quo and forge new ways of working. Alongside this there is a fear that incoming students will expect certain web-like technologies to be integrated into their learning and that institutions will appear out-moded if they don't engage with the latest platforms.
In this talk I will explore the disappear/disrupt continuum and the potential digital technology has to support teaching and learning beyond being a simple content delivery system. I will also discuss the Digital Visitors & Digital Residents principle which can be used as a tool to assess how students might react to certain forms of technology thereby avoiding the 'scatter-gun' approach to using new platforms.