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April 29, 2008
» GWELLA@Glamorgan

As I mentioned in my first post on this topic Higher Education Institutions in Wales are now engaging with the GWELLA programme as part of their response to the HEFCW Enhancing learning and teaching through technology strategy.

Today Glamorgan holds the first meeting of its Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) steering group to explore the TEL project by which we will take forward the GWELLA programme. The Higher Education Academy has appointed a support team to work with institutions during the programme. Paul Bacsich who worked with us during the Blended Learning Benchmarking project and the Blended Learning Evaluation will be the Academy’s ‘Critical Friend’ for the current project.

Today’s steering group meeting will look at our outline proposals for development and enhancement to receive guidance and feedback from our critical friend as to the way they meet the requirements of the HEFCW strategy and to develop an operational plan for implementation.

Watch this blog for further updates on the way the TEL project is progressing at Glamorgan.

April 9, 2008
» Technology Enhanced Learning in Wales

On Monday (7th April 2008) the Welsh Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCW) launched its new Strategy for Enhancing learning and teaching through technology

The strategy outlines HEFCW’s intention to cut through the complex range of terms used in the sector (Blended Learning, E-Learning, M-learning, Online Learning etc.) and describe the whole of the use technology in learning and teaching as TECHNOLOGY ENHANCED LEARNING. This is in line with the approach which has been advocated for some time by The Association for Learning Technology (ALT):http://www.alt.ac.uk/ and should bring some clarity to discussions in the area.

To support the implementation of the strategy a team from the Higher Education Academy will be working with Welsh HEIs under the project title GWELLA – a GWELLA blog has been created to share information and I’m sure those involved in learning and teaching enhancement at Glamorgan will be keen to read what is being planned.

More on Glamorgan’s plans to respond to the HEFCW startegy will appear on the Learning Zone blog shortly.