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THE EFFECTIVE INTEGRATION AND MANAGEMENT OF INFORMATION COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY WITHIN FURTHER AND ADULT EDUCATION DELIVERY METHODOLOGIES
The introduction of information learning/communication technology (ILT/ICT) into further and adult education is at the heart of all government and national initiatives intended to attract people from disadvantaged areas into education and training. ILT/ICT is revolutionising the way education and training is being delivered in further and adult education and this trend looks set to continue into the foreseeable future. This thesis, using an ethnographic research methodology, traces the development of multimedia flexible and open learning materials, environments and staff development over a period of six years between 1994 and 2000.
The Researcher has taken an active role in the development of ILT/ICT within further and adult education using three nationally recognised development programmes, the Esmee Fairbairn Fellowship (1994 – 1996), the quality in information and learning technology programme (QUILT, 1997 – 1999) and the University for Industry (1999 – 2001). Using these national programmes the Researcher produced conceptual models for the design of multimedia learning environments, tools for the evaluation of multimedia learning materials, and models that discussed individual learning styles and their influence on the introduction of ILT/ICT staff development.
The results from the research highlight a number of areas that require further investigation regarding the effective introduction of ILT/ICT into further and adult education. Chapter seven brings together the results and conclusions reached during the research and integrates these into new initiatives being implemented by the government that will affect further and adult education in the near future.
Recent technical innovations have provided most of the tools further and adult education need to provide quality ILT/ICT provision to learners: we have the technology, the question is do we know how to use it?