Developing ACE: A conceptual framework for enhancing ICT capability for flexible delivery in educational institutions

Fester, Victor and Clayton, John and McMillan, Adam (2009) Developing ACE: A conceptual framework for enhancing ICT capability for flexible delivery in educational institutions. In: EDULEARN09 Abstracts CD. International Association of Technology, Education and Development (IATED). ISBN 9788461298013

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Access to information and educational materials, communications between learners and educators, as well as between educational institutions and students, have all been transformed as a result of the availability of low-cost computers, the development of sophisticated web browsers, increased connectivity to high-bandwidth telecommunications and the increased access to a range of digital databases (Statistics New Zealand, 2007; HEFCE, 2005). Flexibility in course delivery must be considered by educational institutions who wish to provide high quality learning opportunities to learners who are otherwise unable to access education through conventional face-to-face modes of delivery (Clayton & Elliott, 2007). Moreover, not only do educators need to be convinced that embedding flexible learning in the culture of the educational institution will enhance the learning experiences of participants, but they also need to feel pedagogically and technically confident of operating successfully in this new environment. Both these requirements can be addressed by the provision of ongoing and relevant professional development (Mitchell, Clayton, Gower, Barr & Bright, 2005). The Emerging Technologies Centre at the Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec) has created a pictorial conceptual framework to illustrate to staff the benefits of undertaking ongoing professional development in flexible learning. It is envisaged that this framework will also be used to guide the development and delivery of flexible learning initiatives offered by Capability Development team members. This poster presentation will show how this conceptual framework is underpinned by three As, Cs and Es, hence the name A.C.E. Conceptual Framework. The three As are aligned with the identifiable stages of a project life cycle: awareness, action and accomplishment. The framework also aligns with what Wintec considers to be the three foundation pillars of flexible learning (Clayton, Elliott, Twohey, 2009): context, content and capability. The framework then progresses to an indicator layer conceptualized by the team as the 3Es, enabled, engaged and empowered.

Item Type:Book Section
Additional Information:Conference held 6-8 July, 2009, in Barcelona, Spain
Keywords that describe the item:ACE, enhancing ICT capability
Subjects:L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions:Corporate > Assett Centre
ID Code:634
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