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Web Page Implementation and Cultural Change within a First Year Undergraduate Module

Author(s): Joanne Batey

Journal: Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sports and Tourism Education
ISSN 1473-8376

Volume: 1;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 51;
Date: 2002;
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Keywords: Cultural change | learning technology

What follows is a summary of the implementation of a web page designed to enhance and support learning within a first year undergraduate sports studies module at King Alfred's College, Winchester. The paper then moves on to discuss the potentially problematic nature of introducing learning technology into the arena of higher education, exploring this specifically through the area of resistance to cultural change. Throughout this paper cultural change will be used to refer to the changes in mindset required in higher education institutions to accommodate new learning technologies. Cultural change is not only discussed in relation to the student body. This paper contends that in order for learning technology to be successfully integrated into the higher education curriculum, and therefore enhance learning experiences, numerous barriers present amongst academic staff also need to be addressed. The term learning technology will be used generically to incorporate all types of computer and Internet based technological change. Where research has been conducted using a specific type of learning technology appropriate terminology will be used.
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