The Computer‐Supported Experiential Learning Project has been established to promote the use of communication and information technologies for teaching and learning within a vocational university. Phase 1 has concentrated upon raising awareness and actively involving academic staff in experiencing these technologies. The project is curriculum‐led, and considers how technology can be applied appropriately to an established curriculum model which links theory and practice (Kolb, 1984). All academic staff were invited to take part by logging onto the university intranet, accessing information about teaching and learning, trying out ideas and emailing their online mentors with their plans and reflections. In addition, all staff could take part in discussion forums concerning a range of issues. The participation of academic staff is reported; which staff registered as having visited the site, which staff actively used the information to experiment with their teaching, and which staff took part in public online discussions. Barriers which limited participation are also reported The outcome of Phase 1 has been to encourage over 40 academic staff to embed the use of learning technologies in their own course modules in Phase 2 with continued support from the Learning Methods Unit
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