A University Conversation: Using Cloud Technology to Generate Open Institutional Policy for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching

  • Nicholas James Almond Liverpool Hope University
Keywords: Cloud Technology, University Policy, University Governance, Learning and Teaching, Mass Collaboration

Abstract

This paper discusses a cloud technology supported methodology for the creation of university policy through mass collaboration. The ââ¬ËUniversity Conversationââ¬â¢ methodology was deployed to facilitate the creation of a University Learning, Teaching and Enhancement strategy that was ultimately authored by over 200 academic staff and had direct input from over 400 students. The methodology utilises the affordances (Gibson, 1986) of cloud technology to capture a large number of simultaneous conversations and then to mediate the iterative editing of the document through a sequence of synchronous and asynchronous collaborative events. The methodology demonstrates the potential of cloud technology to open communicative pathways between the ââ¬Ësignificant networksââ¬â¢ (Torgny RoxÃÂ¥ & MÃÂ¥rtensson, 2009) where learning development often takes place and institutional machinery that converts localised innovative practice into institutional policy.

Author Biography

Nicholas James Almond, Liverpool Hope University
Dr Nick Almond is the Director of Postgraduate Taught Courses in the Faculty of Education, Liverpool Hope University. He is the chair of the Faculty Quality Learning and Teaching Committee and Lead Co-ordinator of the Liverpool Hope University Network of Comunities of Practice.
Published
2014-12-12
How to Cite
Almond, N. J. (2014) “A University Conversation: Using Cloud Technology to Generate Open Institutional Policy for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching”, Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education. Plymouth, UK, 00. doi: 10.47408/jldhe.v0i0.283.