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Summary

The success of integrating resources and support for learning is inextricably intertwined with successful course design. Promoting and supporting the development of expertise is predominantly governed by the degree and quality of the course support provided by discussion of the learning objectives and feedback on learning development. Students recognise the benefits of course support provision, such as student web publishing and discussion tools, particularly in relation to assigned work. It allows them to gain a better insight into the assessment criteria of the course in terms of the nature and quality of the work expected, e.g. what is required to get a first, what will give you a 2-2 or a third. Consequently, the quality of students' work tends to increase, thus enhancing the overall course quality. The effectiveness of using the student web publishing and discussion approaches will be determined by their integration with the use of other course support activities and resources, such as web-based materials, lectures, seminars, and so on. 

Effective practice in embedding or integrating new teaching approaches, including ICT-based ones, with traditional methods of teaching, is a continuing activity of academic development. Nevertheless, it is clear that the communication aspects of the course support as a whole, that is the sharing and discussion of students' ideas and work, are vital to promoting and facilitating adaptive (rather than adoptive) learning.

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