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Sustainable TEL development (Symposium 0098)

10:50 - 11:50 on Wednesday, 7 September 2011 in 7.73
0098 Institutional strategies for sustainable TEL development: Meeting the challenges of the new economic climate Julie Voce
0098 Institutional strategies for sustainable TEL development: Meeting the challenges of the new economic climate Julie Voce

The 2010 Browne Report and the 2010 Spending Review in England, along with similar developments in the other nations of the UK, have established a tough economic climate in which HE institutions must now operate. With the deregulated market place, institutions will be required to do more to attract and meet the expectations of students who are increasingly using technology in their studies before HE. Institutional services will be expected to sustain and develop current service levels, with technology enhanced learning (TEL) playing a key role in supporting and enhancing the student experience. How do we do more with less in sustaining and developing further our institutional TEL services?

Drawing on the recommendations of reports such as the Online Learning Task Force’s HEFCE report (Jan 2011), this symposium will discuss the merits of a range of institutional strategies for sustaining and developing TEL services, touching on the following themes:

  • Rationalisation (making cut-backs in support staff provision) and/or reorganisation of existing roles to do more;
  • Outsourcing of service provision and/or pursuing institutional collaboration through shared services;
  • Pump priming to support new services (e.g. distance learning; links with industries to develop new/ innovative programmes) and/or integration and embedding of existing provision.

The session begins with a brief overview of findings from the UCISA 2010 TEL Survey and identifies challenges facing the HE sector. A chaired panel discussion follows involving representatives from the case studies that accompanied the UCISA Survey. The panel will debate themes arising from the Survey findings in scoping out the future of TEL support provision. The audience will then break into facilitated discussion groups to identify scalable strategies for institutional TEL support provision. The Chair will co-ordinate feedback from the discussion groups and further comments from the panel.

Participants will:

  • Gain an understanding of common challenges in delivering TEL services across an institution;
  • Explore strategies for institutional development and extension of existing services, informed by the recommendations of recent HEFCE publications;
  • Identify opportunities for their own institutions in enhancing and developing their support provision with a focus on enhancing the student experience.