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Communication and Information Technology in the Skills Curriculum: a case study of an existing course and its relevance to a post-Dearing era

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Abstract:

As a pragmatic contribution to discussion about how skills should be integrated into the curriculum in the post-Dearing era, this paper draws on experience of a course which has been running for two years alongside the modular degree at the University College of St Mark and St John. It considers how computer-assisted learning (CAL) can be integrated into a skills curriculum for undergraduates. It argues that CAL can serve the dual purpose of providing a flexible approach to developing a range of skills and supporting the development of competence in information technology. The judicious selection of appropriate CAL materials from a range of sources, carefully programmed into the student experience, is shown to be an appropriate learning strategy for a skills curriculum. Finally, it argues that without the development of supportive IT strategies, skills-oriented courses are threatened by resource constraints.

Keywords: DEARING REPORT KEY SKILLS COMPUTER-ASSISTED LEARNING

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03098269885813

Publication date: November 1, 1998

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