ERIC Number: ED456319
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
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Technology: An Additional Tool for Learners.
Smart, Linda; Fennessy, Ben
It is increasingly necessary to encourage lifelong learning in order to keep pace with the Information Age. As learners increasingly take charge of their own learning, however, they will require support to enable them to achieve their goals--and a variety of learning opportunities will need to be created. Learners' interests, imagination, and creativity are the starting points for planning computer-supported learning experiences. Learning is constructed not by computers, however, but through the interaction and the management of software tools, the desire of learners to understand their world, teachers' support and guidance, the integration of computer access and use into everyday activities, and teachers' understanding of the technology. The technical and further education (TAFE) system in Australia, through its TAFE Frontiers program, is committed to the learner-centered approach to resource development, in order to challenge and push developers' thinking beyond their immediate framework; to keep abreast of current technological advances; to guide development teams to pick the most appropriate media for their targeted learning group and learning content; and to maintain quality resources that support lifelong learning, access, and equity. The model for learner-centered education, as provided in the TAFE Frontiers' Developers Kit, should include analysis of the target learners, design for best practice, development of appropriate strategies, and review. (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Students, College Programs, Computer Oriented Programs, Computer Software Development, Computer Uses in Education, Continuing Education, Courseware, Curriculum Development, Developed Nations, Educational Change, Educational Resources, Educational Technology, Educational Trends, Foreign Countries, Futures (of Society), Independent Study, Instructional Design, Instructional Innovation, Learner Controlled Instruction, Lifelong Learning, Models, Postsecondary Education, Program Development, Teaching Methods, Technological Literacy
For full text: http://www.avetra.org.au/PAPERS%202001/Smart%20&%20Fennessy.pdf.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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