After completing this unit, we want you to come way with the following key points.
A Vision for Teaching and Learning
E-learning is much more than just doing the same things with technology. E-Learning provides us with opportunities to approach teaching and learning in new and different ways. This means we need to have a clear vision of how we would like to teach, given the opportunities opened up by new technologies, and from this the development particularly of departmental teaching plans that take into account not only content, but teaching methods and the role of technology in teaching.
The Process is as Important as the Product
Going through the planning process forces us to think about what we do, what we want to achieve and how we are going to get there. It makes us more reflective and informed and, if done properly, allows us to draw on the collective wisdom and experience of organization rather than relying on a few people. This process is often as important as the strategic plan that we end up with.
Understand and Respect the Collegial Culture
Understanding the perspective of faculty is critical. This does not mean abandoning a systematic, strategic approach but it does mean ensuring that faculty members feel involved. It also means that procedures and practices must be properly integrated into the academic core of the institution. This may mean devising new and innovative organizational structures that blend features of centralization with faculty-based support.
Change Will Be Necessary
If there is one key point we want to emphasize above all others in this unit it is that to effectively implement e-learning at an institutional level will require significant change. Strategic planning isn’t always the answer and may not be necessary in all cases but at the very least every organization needs to be thinking about how it will be using e-learning, what changes will be needed to allow for its effective implementation.