Martin Oliver, UCL & Jay Dempster, University of Warwick
The increase in the use of information and communications technology (ICT) in Higher Education over the last decade has been significant, both in enabling distance learning and supporting on-campus teaching and learning. For institutions to keep a place in the market, they have been obliged to harness technological opportunities to fulfill their strategic mission and student expectations.
In responding to the call for innovation, particularly alluring in the e-learning arena, we can become guilty of failing to embed what has already been found to be successful in developing teaching and learning. We fall into the trap of "project" frenzy, always moving to the next strategic priority or technological facility before evaluating the extent to which the previous development was effective and worthwhile. It is also important to consider what influences staff engagement and participation in teaching developments in order to shift practices at a rate that is appropriate for a department or institution.