The Higher Education Academy and Jisc welcome today’s (Tuesday 12 May) publication of the HE in a Web 2.0 World report, which looks at the projected future trends in the use of technology in higher education.
A committee of inquiry was set up after discussions between the Academy and Jisc examined the online experiences of young people currently entering higher education, and how this impacts on their studies.
Findings from the report show that students typically spend four hours a day online, a figure that looks set to rise as teenagers make increasing use of Web 2.0 technology in their daily lives. One of the challenges for the higher education sector is therefore to ensure that staff can keep pace with the advancing technology which many of their students rely on every day, using the technology to enhance the student learning experience.
David Sadler, Director of Networks at the Academy, said: “This report provides a valuable insight into the knowledge and experience our students have of social web technologies.
“The Academy already undertakes significant work to enhance the student learning experience through the use of Web 2.0, and we work closely with institutions and their individual staff members to identify and share the most effective practice in its use.”
Through their collaborative work, the Academy and Jisc will continue to support college and university staff in their use of Web 2.0 technology, to help them become proficient users of a range of appropriate technologies.
Dr Malcolm Read, executive secretary Jisc, said: “This report highlights what needs to be done to maintain the UK’s position at the forefront of higher education. Jisc will continue to deliver a world-class infrastructure to support the use of web 2.0 technologies giving access to over 18 million people across education to secure online resources.
“We will also build upon our work in giving training, advice and guidance on how learners and academics can re-use and re-purpose online content freely while respecting and recognising intellectual property rights - all of which will help to develop a digital and knowledge based economy.”
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