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The role of ICT in higher education for the 21st century: ICT as a change agent for education

The role of ICT in higher education for the 21st century: ICT as a change agent for education,Ron Oliver

The role of ICT in higher education for the 21st century: ICT as a change agent for education   (Citations: 6)
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Information and communication technologies (ICT) have become commonplace entities in all aspects of life. Across the past twenty years the use of ICT has fundamentally changed the practices and procedures of nearly all forms of endeavour within business and governance. Within education, ICT has begun to have a presence but the impact has not been as extensive as in other fields. Education is a very socially oriented activity and quality education has traditionally been associated with strong teachers having high degrees of personal contact with learners. The use of ICT in education lends itself to more student-centred learning settings and often this creates some tensions for some teachers and students. But with the world moving rapidly into digital media and information, the role of ICT in education is becoming more and more important and this importance will continue to grow and develop in the 21st century. This paper highlights the various impacts of ICT on contemporary higher education and explores potential future developments. The paper argues the role of ICT in transforming teaching and learning and seeks to explore how this will impact on the way programs will be offered and delivered in the universities and colleges of the future.
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    • ...The report revealed that ICT promoted independent leaning [14], especially through access to up-todate materials including e-journals...
    • ...Oliver [14] revealed that ICT initiatives have changed the way of how students learn...
    • ...Emphasise the technological investment Limited use for teaching and learning Proved Proved Increased use [14] [16] Web-based VLE Core infor...
    • ...Limited proved Left unused [14] [15] Enable students to work at own pace, in their own time and chosen location Increase diverse recruitment, e.g...
    • ...Less developed [14] ICT changing the way students learn...

    Baomin Qiet al. Can ICT Replace the Traditional Teaching and Learning Model?: A Case S...

    • ...In the past, the ability to provide quality education was associated with teachers engaging in high degrees of social and personal interaction with learners (Oliver, 2002)...
    • ...Teachers can shift from their conventional instructor role to a more mentor-like involvement in the student's learning environment (Oliver, 2002)...
    • ...The move from delivering content-centric curricula to providing CBL is associated with the move from instructor-centric to more learner-centric teaching practices (see section 3) (Oliver, 2002)...

    Paul N. Semmens. The potential for learning objects to support flexible learning in hig...

    • ...Oliver (2002) also reported that one of the goals of educational institutions is to ensure that graduates are information literate and can identify, locate and evaluate relevant information to satisfy their information needs...
    • ...The adoption of ICT in universities was necessitated by the continual review of the curriculum which invariably requires access to a variety of information sources and types by students and teachers (Oliver 2002)...
    • ...East Tennessee State University (ETSU), USA, for instance revised its curriculum by introducing a program for first year students to acquire ICT literacy which included computer literacy course, word processing, electronic communication (e-mail and Internet), and online searches (Oliver 2002) and this was to ensure that when they graduate they would be able to meet several proficiencies related to writing, speaking, and using information ...
    • ...The availability of ICT in an organization does not imply that the users in such an organization will make use of these ICTs optimally. Bondaryk (1998) reported that...

    Airen Edale Adetimirin. ICT literacy among undergraduates in Nigerian universities

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