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Students to use technology in lectures

16 Apr 2007

Students to use technology in lectures Students at Glasgow Caledonian University are to use a variety of technologies in their lectures in a new scheme to extend learning out of the lecture theatre.

The communications devices to be employed include MySpace, MSN Messenger, Bebo and podcasts to allow classes to share ideas and research.

This is expected to produce a generation of students with a greater technical ability, honing skills applicable to the job market.

Allison Littlejohn, director of Glasgow Caledonian Research Academy, said: "Traditionally, people had to learn in Latin and then there was a big revolution when people learned in English.

"Now people are communicating in so many different ways and using different technologies which could alter how students lean and how we teach them.

"Some of these technologies aren't seen as valid ways of learning when they could be."

The university says, however, that the revolution will not remove face-to-face contact, which gives students vital social and communication skills.

Concerns have been raised that poorer students who cannot afford such technologies may be alienated from the new forms of learning.

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