Achieving the Targets of the National Strategy for HE through Seamless Integration of Technology
In higher education the lines between the responsibilities of the Teaching and Learning department and the IT department have blurred in recent years as technology becomes more ubiquitous in education. The integration of technology into higher education is fundamental if seamless flexible learning is to be achieved. This “seamless learning” is greatly facilitated through the use of seamless technology. The aims and targets outlined in the National Strategy for Higher Education (Hunt, 2011) can be addressed through the use of such technologies. Elements of the strategy such as collaborative provision of courses, a national student survey, and cross curricular assessment are just some of the aspects that can be addressed by an area of technology referred to as Learner Tool Interoperability (LTI). LTI is freely available through Moodle 2 and Blackboard 9, therefore is part of the colleges existing e-infrastructure and involves no additional investment. LTI within a learning management system allows seamless integration of activities (e.g. assignments) from one module with another within the same college. It is also possible to integrate activities and entire modules from one learning management system to another (i.e. in a separate college), without the complications of setting up new passwords and user Ids, student registrations and security concerns etc. This paper will present several case studies illustrating the applications of LTI within higher education illustrating how targets outlined in the National Strategy can be achieved.