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2002 Specialist Colleges ILT Report

2002 Specialist Colleges ILT Report

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This was the second of the Specialist College reports. The earlier report galvanised NATSPEC to pull out the stops to get a fuller range of responses
This was the second of the Specialist College reports. The earlier report galvanised NATSPEC to pull out the stops to get a fuller range of responses

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ILT IN SPECIALIST COLLEGES
Report to the Specialist Colleges ILT Sub-Group of the NationalLearning Network Programme Board of a survey intoInformation and Learning Technology Provision, Access andPolicy in Specialist colleges in England.
 
Bob PowellSteve Davies
 
April 2002
 
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Acknowledgements
Bob Powell is Associate Director: Lifelong Learning at Becta. Steve Davies is Project Officer with the Ferlteam and carried out the bulk of the statistical analysis.The questionnaire that informed this report was based on one initially developed by Alison Page of Bectain 1999 for a survey of ILT in FE colleges and on a refinement of that survey that was conducted withSpecialist colleges in 2001 The final survey instrument and the results and analysis arising from it hasbenefited from the advice, guidance, comments and observations of a range of individuals and agencies,in particular the members of the Specialist Colleges ILT Sub-group of the National Learning NetworkProgramme Board, under its Chair, Ceri Prosser of Treloar College.Particular thanks are due to Jacqueline Marsh, NLN Development Officer at LSC for her contributions tothe document and for her energetic chasing of late returns, ably assisted by her colleague, Kate Halliday.The main findings were first aired at a meeting of the Specialist Colleges Sub-group and this final reporthas taken account of the supportive and critical commentary offered by the group at that event andsubsequently by email.The online survey facility was provided by Infopoll.
 
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Contents................................................................................................................................................... 2Tables....................................................................................................................................................... 4Charts....................................................................................................................................................... 41 Management summary ..................................................................................................................... 51.1 The survey ................................................................................................................................. 51.2 The Specialist college sector ...................................................................................................... 51.3 College computer infrastructure ................................................................................................ 51.4 Access to computers ................................................................................................................. 61.5 Uses of ILT ................................................................................................................................. 71.6 Staff skills .................................................................................................................................. 72 Introduction ...................................................................................................................................... 82.1 Context and purpose of the study .............................................................................................. 82.2 Survey methodology and response ............................................................................................ 82.3 The Specialist college sector ...................................................................................................... 92.4 IT Funding and Expenditure ..................................................................................................... 103 Infrastructure.................................................................................................................................. 123.1 Baseline computer specification .............................................................................................. 123.2 College computer stock ........................................................................................................... 123.3 Local Area Networks ................................................................................................................ 143.4 LAN Performance .................................................................................................................... 153.5 Internet connectivity ............................................................................................................... 163.6 Constraints on Internet use ..................................................................................................... 173.7 Technical Support .................................................................................................................... 184 Access to Computers ....................................................................................................................... 204.1 IT and ILT Policy ....................................................................................................................... 204.2 Access for staff ........................................................................................................................ 204.3 Access for learners .................................................................................................................. 214.4 Meeting student demand for computers ................................................................................. 224.5 Student demand for Internet ................................................................................................... 245 Uses of ILT ...................................................................................................................................... 265.1 ILT and the curriculum ............................................................................................................. 265.2 Staff use of the LAN/Intranet ................................................................................................... 265.3 Student use of the LAN/Intranet .............................................................................................. 275.4 Other Networked Activities ..................................................................................................... 285.5 Uses of the Internet by staff .................................................................................................... 295.6 Uses of Internet by students .................................................................................................... 305.7 Email access ............................................................................................................................ 306 Staff skills ........................................................................................................................................ 326.1 Staff IT and ILT competence ..................................................................................................... 326.2 Teaching/learner support staff ................................................................................................ 326.3 Student/personal support staff ................................................................................................ 336.4 Administration/institutional support staff ................................................................................ 34Appendix: Assistive Technology in the Specialist college sector ......................................................... 36

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