By Dr Bill Ashraf, Manager, Evaluation Services, Learning and Teaching Unit (LTU)
The University sector in the UK has undertaken a massive transformation over recent years resulting in a current mass market with an ever-decreasing resource base. Institutions are facing enormous challenges to establish competitive advantages whilst attending to customer need and focus. This presentation will highlight the above issues in terms of building upon and expanding a technology enriched learning environment in order to compete in a rapidly developing skills and knowledge based economy. A smarter, cost effective, lean teaching and learning environment needs to evolve in order for UK universities to compete in a flatter global educational market place.
In addition the presentation will consider and highlight opportunities for increasing operational efficiency, from a personal perspective, based on a blended approach to technology enhanced learning by creating a 24/7 learning environment for the Google- Eyed YouTube generation. The challenges of teaching large groups of students from a very diverse range of backgrounds and abilities will also be discussed.
About the presenter:
Bill Ashraf was Director of Technology Enhanced Learning (2008-2011) at the University of Sussex, UK. At Sussex he headed up the strategy for e-/technology enhanced learning, student facing educational support technology and was the "owner" of the moodle based VLE.
Bill was a senior lecturer in Microbiology at the University of Bradford (1992-2008) and in 2005 he pioneered the use of podcasting as a distance-learning tool and created a 24/7 learning environment using Apple's iTunes.
He has 'Apple distinguished educator' status and was a finalist for The Times Higher 2006 awards for the 'most imaginative use of technology in distance learning'. In 2006 he obtained his MBA from the University of Bradford Business School.
He has taught a diverse range of degree level subjects: from biochemistry to business studies.
Bill has been invited to speak on e-learning, podcasting and Web 2.0, from a practitioners perspective, in university education at numerous national and international conferences.
Currently, Bill works in the Learning and Teaching Unit (LTU) at UNSW as the Manager: Evaluation and also holds a conjoint senior lectureship.
This talk is presented as part of the monthly meeting of the University Network of Faculty Educational Developers (UNFED).
BYO lunch. Coffee/tea facilities will be provided.