ICT education and the dissemination of new ideas: Channels, resources and risks

Year: 2001

Author: Collins, Francesca, Lynch, Julianne

Type of paper: Refereed paper

This paper examines university educators' perceptions of factors associated with disseminating information about teaching and learning initiatives among universities. The views of educators were elicited as part of the ICT-Ed Project. The project is a DETYA-funded investigation into the delivery of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) education. Participants were educators from within ICT disciplines in Australian universities. ICT education is a diverse field encompassing a range of disciplines; both those traditionally classified as IT (e.g., information systems, computer system engineering and computer science) and newer disciplines which cross over a number of educational domains (e.g., business systems, web development and design, e-commerce). The perceptions of participants were explored in a mini-conference format - a day-long workshop comprising brainstorms, discussion sessions and brief, informal presentations given by participants. Factors perceived as relating to the dissemination of ideas among university educators included: intellectual property competitiveness risks associated with sharing ideas the value placed on teaching vs. research within many universities the availability of channels for the dissemination of ideas resources required to share and access ideas It was found that the importance of these factors was related to the geographical location of participants' institutions. Furthermore, the reporting of these factors appeared to be influenced by the presence of participants from other universities. The implications of the findings for university educators generally are discussed.