This chapter contains articles written about the cultural shift taking place with the rise of educational technologies, and the costs – both financial and otherwise – associated with these changes. The articles contained an interesting combination of excitement about the opportunities available mixed with elements of apprehension and scepticism. In the early days of Interactions, Higher Education was in a transitional phase. The nature and volume of the student body was changing rapidly and the use and applications of computers was revolutionising everyday practices. Despite this, financial investment to support such changes was lacking. It is unsurprising therefore that there were some associated concerns.
A running theme in these articles in the apparent tension between high consumer expectations and the lack of available funds/resources to support these. In addition, the authors draw out some deep rooted complexities surrounding the introduction of technology in education. What emerges from the articles is an important message. Integrating information technology into teaching and learning needs careful thought and planning, requires considerable support and commitment and necessitates analysis of the pedagogical rationale behind the development.
The Role of Technology in Higher Learning: A Reflection by the VC
Professor Sir Brian Follet, Vice-Chancellor, University of Warwick 1993-2001
First appeared in Interactions Issue 10 Spring 2000
Planning for Information Technology in Teaching and Learning
Chris Clark, History
First appeared in Interactions Issue 9 Autumn 1999
Education and Network Culture
John Pickering, Psychology
First appeared in Interactions Issue 1 Spring 1997
Harnessing Technology for Teaching Efficiency Gains: Some Economic Issues
Adrian Boucher, Institute of Education
First appeared in Interactions Issue 5 Summer 1998