EditorialReport as inadecuate

Author: Gráinne Conole and Gabriel Jacobs

Source: https://core.ac.uk/


Editorial has a new editorial team from this issue.
Im glad to say that Gabriel Jacobs will remain involved with the journal as Executive Editor.
The new Editor is David Squires from Kings College London but he will not be able fully to take over until the next issue.
I have been appointed as Deputy Editor. ALT-J Looking back over the past editorials and journal editions, it is clear that there are a number of recurrent themes.
The issue of learning technology as a valid research area and how it can be counted in the next RAE, integration into mainstream teaching and learning - shifting from the innovators to the majority, and commitment from senior management and formulation of policy and strategy.
These themes are reflected in the articles in this issue, and no doubt will be evident again in the special conference edition (7.1). The question then has to be asked: Are we getting anywhere? or Is any of the lobbying and research work we are all actively engaged with making a difference? Some would say no - that learning technology still remains at the fringes of teaching and learning, with little commitment from senior management and poor regard for learning technology as a genuine, valid, respectable area of research.
I disagree.
Whilst I think we still have a long way to go, the increase in the presence of learning technology within higher education has risen dramatically in the last five years.
For example, most universities now have some form of central-, faculty- or school-based support specifically concerned with the use and integration of learning technologies.
I suspect it is a common agenda item at senior management meetings on a regular basis in many universities (that is certainly the case in my own university).
The potential (and importance) of communications and information technologies was reiterated throughout the Dealing report and - more recently - in the Governments proposals for a National Grid for Learning.
Credit for all of this must in part be given to those at the ground level, i.e.
ALT members, who continue to lobby and to evaluate the effect of learning technologies and to research new ways of using it.
So I think we deserve a pat on the back - while the war is not won (yet), the battles are going well! 2 ALT-J Volume 6 Number 2 This issue is fundamentally reflective in nature.
Many of the points raised above are discussed.
Hawkridges paper reflects on the validity of using Web pages to support learning, and in par....


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