Digital Technology and the Culture of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
By Kwok-Wing Lai
In the last three decades there have been great changes in the higher education landscape in the economically advanced countries. For example, increasing access to higher education has resulted in a diversification of student populations that comes with a wide range of learning styles and learning needs which are rather different from the traditional, elitist student populations. At the same time, higher education institutions are asked to respond to the demands of globalisation and the knowledge economy, to prepare students with 21st century skills and competencies for the labour markets, which require changes in the curriculum and teaching practices. There are demands for increased efficiency, more transparent accountability and better performance in both research and teaching. Some policy makers see digital technology as a tool to help manage some of these changes, and in particular, to use it as a transformative tool in teaching and learning (Crook & Light, 1999).
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