Theme 2 Table 7 (Grey)

Implications of continuously emerging technologies for infrastructure and policy makers

Facilitator: Garry Putland
Provocateur: Garry Putland
Topic: In the next Digital Education Revolution, the government will provide tax breaks to parents to buy personal devices for learning at home and in school, VET, HE….how would we respond to this??
Link to delia's paper

Comments from the Table to be added below

Learning spaces

do students need school/college environments? already have net enabled mobile devices; will students want org IT touching their laptops?

Software infrastructure

IT managers unable to license software on personal machines (school setting; probably true too of all sectors)

Physical infrastructure

pc will be so cheap that they will be everywhere and in schools, colleges - implications? - is this an argument for cloud computing?
barriers will force students to bring own pcs

"education should drive technology" (but reality is the opposite - IT make decisions based on their own IT needs/requirements)

External services

Australian legislation, policy, guidelines

should be based on a notion of digital literacy; include notions of risk-sharing - shared responsibiity by school/college/uni, parents,students for activity on a personal pc/phone/device
is there a risk of litigation? (risk aversion rears it head again!) ; 'positive risk assessment'; safe-fail rather than failsafe;

Net is moving to individual focus and educators need to assist parents guide students in this new Net world with this changed focus

do school/college/uni regulations and procedures have jurisdiction over personal equipment used on campus/school?

should there be different policies for different sectors? eg primary school v uni

to date, policy has driven practice, rather than the preferred option of practice driving policy

policies should start (and be formulated) from a learner focus