The environment of further and higher education is changing in response to economic pressures, government policies and changing behaviours influenced by greater ownership of new and increasingly more powerful technologies.

Emerging Practice in a Digital Age

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The environment of further and higher education is changing in response to economic pressures, government policies and changing behaviours influenced by greater ownership of new and increasingly more powerful technologies. In turn, this is encouraging institutions to review key aspects of their provision and to reassess what is delivered, to whom and in what ways. The quality of the learning experience is still the prime consideration, but our understanding of what constitutes quality has grown to recognise the importance of aspects such as personalised learning and an increasing emphasis on learner satisfaction and preparing students for future employment. 

So what role does emerging practice in the use of technology to enhance learning play in responding to these key drivers for change and why do institutions need to nurture emerging practice? Emerging Practice in a Digital Age draws on recent JISC reports and case studies  as well as on work funded by JISC, JISC’s partners and national funding agencies to explore how colleges and universities are embracing innovation and respond to changes in economic social and technological circumstances in a fast-changing world.

The focus of the guide is on emerging practice rather than emerging technology, looking at how institutions are responding to changes in the way we connect, communicate and collaborate and using the themes of working in partnership with students, developing students’ employability potential and preparing for the future to investigate how these changes can benefit learning. The case studies describe a series of exploratory journeys that make use of both freely available, free to use or easy to implement technologies as well as some that are more complex. The guide also looks at what is necessary to embed use of technologies within institutional culture and practice including consideration of new approaches, structures and roles. 

Throughout the publication, you are encouraged to reflect on the pedagogical and other benefits that new and emerging technologies offer and how they might enhance the learning experience in your own institution.

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Emerging Practice in a Digital Age is aimed at those in further and higher education who design and support learning with a focus on emerging practice and how this can benefit learning rather than on emerging technology. 

A series of supplementary online resources are available to accompany Emerging Practice in a Digital Age which open up additional opportunities to learn more about the topics and themes covered in the guide. They include a quick start guide, video case studies and podcast material from the JISC Emerging Practice Symposium 2011 and a planning tool.

Emerging Practice in a Digital Age complements other publications in the same series and is a companion guide to Effective Practice in a Digital Age (JISC 2009) and Innovative Practice with e-Learning (JISC 2005).

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Publication Date
19 September 2011
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