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Assessing the use and impact of technology in physical learning environments at City University London - Learning Development Associate project

City University London
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  • Lb2300 Higher Education
  • Education


Saying ‘technology is here to stay’ implies that it is unpacking its bags for the weekend. In reality, technology has already left, and is on its way to its next destination. There is more than a little truth in the notion that only yesterday’s gadgets are available in the shops; tomorrow’s are in the laboratories or on the (digital) drawing boards. Technology plays an important role in learning at City University London in both physical and virtual learning environments. This project examines the technology that is used in physical learning environments, and investigates why it is used. Through a series of mini case studies involving observations, interviews and surveys with key stakeholders, this study attempts to gauge the impact technology has on teaching and learning. In general the data indicates that technology is popular with both teachers and students at the University. It can ‘add value’ by making learning more dynamic, varied and interactive. But it is not perfect: sometimes it breaks and not everybody knows that it exists or how it works, while others do not want to use some of it.

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