Adaptation for a Changing Environment: Developing learning and teaching with information and communication technologies

  • Adrian Kirkwood Open University UK
  • Linda Price Open University UK

Abstract

This article examines the relationship between the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) and learning and teaching, particularly in distance education contexts. We argue that environmental changes (societal, educational and technological) make it necessary for Higher Education in general, and distance education in particular, to adapt those systems and practices that are not appropriate for the changing environment. However, the need to adapt is often perceived by academic and support staff to be primarily technology-led and with a requirement for them to develop their technical skills in using ICT. We provide a critique of continuing professional development (CPD) in respect of using ICT for teaching and learning that does not address these wider environmental changes. In particular, we oppose CPD that concentrates on the individual teacher and their use of ICT. Instead, we contend that professional development should focus upon the scholarship of teaching and learning and a concern for understanding the characteristics and needs of learners. Further, CPD should reflect the organisational context within which ICT is managed and produced and so it must involve institutional managers as well as individual academics and associated staff members.

Author Biographies

Adrian Kirkwood, Open University UK
Professor Adrian Kirkwood (A.T.Kirkwood@open.ac.uk) is the Deputy Head for the Centre for the Study of Educational Technologies, Institute of Educational Technology, at The Open University Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, UK, MK7 6AA UK
Linda Price, Open University UK
Professor Linda Price (L.Price@open.ac.uk) is the Deputy Head for the Centre for Educational Development, Institute of Educational Technology, at The Open University
Published
2006-09-28
How to Cite
Kirkwood, A., & Price, L. (2006). Adaptation for a Changing Environment: Developing learning and teaching with information and communication technologies. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 7(2). https://doi.org/10.19173/irrodl.v7i2.294
Section
Research Articles