#ocTEL Week 1 – Concepts & Strategies for Learning Technology


Activity 1.1 My Practice

I’m not sure it is always a good idea to shift quadrants. In fact, some of the least successful uses of technology that I’ve encountered have been because people have tried to squeeze technology use into a place where it simply doesn’t fit. So to use the quadrants to justify technology use seems to me to be ill advised. That said, using the quadrant to establish in which sector the activity naturally falls, and in what ways technology can then be used to support and enhance it is exactly what should be done. In this way, the learning aims and objectives take the lead role, supported by the technology. However, these days teaching is not something I undertake as part of my main job role. The closest I can come to it is the provision of some small parts of CPD training but then, of course, everything needs to be assessed individually.

Activity 1.2 reflect on a strategy relevant to your own context (and webinar)

As ILT Coordinator, I am currently writing the ILT Strategy to cover the next 3 years. Whilst its main focus is learning technology, this is always within the context of teaching and learning, that is the requirements for technology are driven by the needs of teaching and learning. Whilst the strategy is rewritten every three years, amendments are made as required, on an on-going basis. In my own job role, the strategy acts as a ‘Bible’ to ensure I’m meeting targets in a timely manner – these targets also include development and innovation. More widely, the document helps to ensure that people from a wide range of job roles are all aiming for the same end result. The following is a draft outline for the strategy, the executive summary will be no more than 2 pages long:

  • Influencing – A Culture of Excellence
  • Prospects – The Way Forward
  • Including – Access and Empower
  • Integrating – Technology in Living, Learning and Work
  • Innovating – Research, Development and Income Generation
  • Sharing – Training, Resources and Systems
  • Focus – Leadership and Management
  • Strategic Objectives Matrix (Operational Plan)


If you only do one thing…

Share your thoughts on practice and strategy from the first of this week’s activities (choose from activity 1) and join the small group discussion forum on strategies for Learning Technology. Comment on or contribute to at least three posts made by other participants, examining or comparing how your practice relates to theirs.

In my own job role, ‘the’ strategy acts as a ‘Bible’ to ensure I’m meeting targets in a timely manner.  More widely, the document helps to ensure that people from a wide range of job roles are all aiming for the same end result.  So I certainly go along with Kathy’s notion that it is a: global plan for accomplishing specific goals.  To a large extent, the way in which we interpret it is inevitably bound up with the particular part it plays for us, I think.  As someone who writes the LT Strategy, one of my difficulties is ensuring that I don’t write it as ‘The World According to Fern’ (yes, it does take the views and contributions of staff across college into account) which could well result in an assumption on my part that others will be reading it from the same mind-set that I applied when writing it.  For this reason, a shared and overarching ethos is essential.  http://octel.alt.ac.uk/2014/forums/topic/how-would-you-define-strategy/#post-13582


Great post and I love the ‘Gringott’s Bank’ notion.  However, in ‘MY’ world, the iPad is most definitely in the bank!  I work in a specialist college where learners make a lot of use of iPads, primarily because they are well suited to the personalisation absolutely essential to our learners, not only for cognitive purposes, but also for accessibility reasons.  That said, I think you summarise it neatly in your comment, “it is merely dependant on which vault we need to access and which treasure we value at the time”.  http://octel.alt.ac.uk/2014/forums/topic/must-we-choose-a-side/


My difficulty with pedagogy is that I am one step removed from teaching!  I offer advice and support on ways in which technology might be used to enhance learning but it is then handed over to the individual tutor and I have no way of shaping the way in which delivery takes place.  So with the best will in the world, something I design to be used in one sector of the quadrant may well end up being used in another!  http://octel.alt.ac.uk/2014/forums/topic/activity-1-1-dimensions-that-affect-teaching/#post-13593





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