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Bob Harrison
Thanks Paul, Interesting and yet predictable results from the AoC survey yet again?

Once more we discover (as if we didnt already know) that lack of strategic leadership and vision and staff skills are the biggest barriers to College's achieving their goals using technology.

As a Vice Chair of a College governing body and someone who spends a lot of time working in schools this is a time bomb waiting to explode. The growing "crisis of relevance" in the college learning environments is already a major issue.

Leeds City College are doing some good work in this area mainly because the Principal,Peter Roberts.his Board of Governors and SMT really do "get it" and they recently made a presentation at the ALT "Large Scale Organisational change using technology" conference gives an insight into what they are doing.

http://www.alt.ac.uk/events/large-scale-curriculum-redesign-conference-continuing-conversation

It really does throw up the inevitable question however which is:

" Given the level of investment HEFCE has made in JISC and the RSC's and the £££££ BIS has pumped into LSIS why are Colleges falling so far behind and are unable to achieve their policy goals using technology?"

Could it also be a lack of strategic leadership and underdeveloped staff skills?
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Bob Harrison
ps why are we stilling using the term "elearning"?

pps If the best LSIS can offer on the Excellence Gateway is a 2008 RSC case study it really underscores the problem in my view!
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Stan Unwin RSC East Mids
An interesting report that contains few surprises but one that once again highlights the 'level playing field' for FE & Skills. This report identifies:
Technology resourcing as a core function of College business processes; and
Specific funding for the development of e-learning.
as two requirements if Colleges are to make the most of technology. I wonder how they would cope if like WBL they had very limited access to any funding??
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Matt Ewens
Hi Bob, I think that Paul was probably looking for a specific eProgress review case study. But in terms of case studies in general, there are some excellent examples of how technology is being used across the sectors.

I would recommend visiting our Delicious area, where you can search for any area of interest: http://www.delicious.com/elearningcasestudies - use the tags to filter.
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Bob Harrison
Thanks Matt, Really helpful....and as you say some interesting case studies across all sectors.

Can you direct me to any case studies that address some of the needs identified in the AoC technology survey? Eg Strategic Leadership etc?
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Matt Ewens
Hi Bob,

There are some case studies here: http://www.delicious.com/elearningcasestudies/tag_bundle/Strategy - these may have something of use related to strategy, although broadly covering different areas of interest.
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Matt Ewens
Hi Bob,

I just found this on my travels, might be of interest to you: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01n1rth
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Savannah
Thank you for this, C Sipocz. More prep-time, new and fresh resources, pro-d and onnile instruction and support for teachers, a tighter curriculum, a safe onnile portfolio, smaller class sizes, a pilot project approach and/or a grassroots level and frontline engagement this is exactly what we need! We need to make sure the powers that be are listening to vital suggestions like these if the plan is to succeed!
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