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Curriculum innovation : living and working on the web

Harris, Lisa and Costa, Cristina and Harvey, Fiona and Earl, Graeme (2013) Curriculum innovation : living and working on the web. In: International Conference on Enhancement and Innovation in Higher Education, 2013-06-11 - 2013-06-13.

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Curriculum innovation with the support of the web implies rethinking of forms of participation and engagement as part of both the learning and teaching experiences in wider contexts than that of the classroom. The web has entered our daily life for a great variety of reasons, but it is as yet far from being fully integrated into the way we learn in formal settings. Higher Education institutions have a duty to promote such innovations as part of their teaching and learning strategy if they wish to answer to the demands of the digital economy. None the least because Universities recruit students from a wide range of backgrounds who exhibit distinctive abilities, dispositions and attitudes towards the web as a tool for learning, networking and active presence. Thus it is of paramount importance to socialise all students in new ways of learning that will feed into modern ways of working and problem solving. This paper will present preliminary findings about the design and implementation of an innovative module at the University of Southampton in the UK that aims to address these issues and put students at an advantage in a digitally focused, highly competitive job market. The initial findings show that the student population participating in this study is diverse in the skills and approaches displayed with regard to digital forms of working and learning. At this stage, we can infer that this might be related to the way they have been socialised into learning, and also to the impact their own cultural capital may have had in influencing their digital habits.