TALENT: Teaching and Learning using Network Technologies

Using Technology Effectively, Efficiently and with Ease


Since the introduction in the 1990s of the World Wide Web, with its simplistic design and ease of use, it has been used to support education within all sectors. The initial text based Web sites have been superceded by the inclusion of graphics and more recently the support a multitude of different media. This last point makes the Web a very atractive medium to support teaching and learning.

Staff at the University have used the Web for teaching and learning since the introduction of the first Web server in 1993 (see eLearning examples for further information) and have continued to do so for over the past decade. One of the main driving factors is the increase in student numbers and a bigger requirement for the use of technology to help with surveys and assessments. Clearly the skills that are required to teach small numbers of students are not always applicable for teaching large numbers of students from a wide and diverse academic background. Using technology in teaching and the support of learning can be of tremendous assistance provided the tools are easy to use and non-intrusive for the academic.

This Web site

This Web site contains information about the various technologies, hardware and software available at the University to assist with Teaching and Learning and Research many of whom have been funded through the Learning and Teaching Committee and the Teaching Quality Enhancement Fund (TQEF) and the Fund for New Teaching Initiatives.

Where appropraite original papers are included to give background information as to how and why particular technologies were chosen.

This Web site is the IT Services's eLearning Team's portal on to technology resources for Teaching, Learning and Research. We will be adding and updating these pages so bookmark them and come back often. Use the links on the left as starting point. 

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