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The Role of Technology in Higher Learning: A Reflection by the VC

Professor Sir Brian Follet, Vice-Chancellor, University of Warwick 1993-2001

Editors Note
Published in 2000, the former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Warwick, Professor Sir Brian Follett, examined the way in which Warwick was harnessing developments in teaching, learning and assessment given the dwindling public resources to universities. In his article, he emphasised the need for institutions to embed educational technology within their everyday practices in response to the changing needs, expectations and demands of students. Reflecting on progress since this article was written illustrates how considerable steps have been taken. The initial development and current review of the E-Learning strategy, for example, demonstrates institutional commitment to the integration of technology in education. There have been considerable advancements in e-learning approaches at Warwick both in the assimilation of ICT in to teaching and learning practice and the increase in available technology to sustain this. In addition, funds to support innovation in teaching and learning (including e-learning) are increasingly accessible to staff who need them. However, some of the large scale complexities Sir Brian alluded to in this paper – namely the tension between what Higher Education Institutions are expected to deliver, and the financial resources they have available to sustain this – remain apparent.

First appeared in Interactions Issue 10 Spring 2000