The Committee of Inquiry into the Changing Learner Experience (CLEX) have published their final report exploring the global impact of Web 2.0 on Higher Education. The report finds that universities and colleges are “generally falling behind their students in the use of these technologies” and challenges institutions to re-examine how they engage with a generation well adverse with instant communication, collaboration and co-creation afforded by current technologies and web services.
Sir David Melville, who chaired the committee said: “The rate of change in students’ take-up of these technologies is breathtaking. Whilst UK Higher Education is as advanced as any country in its development, there are major issues to address if universities and colleges are to keep up with these changes in student practice and attitude.
“Our report aims to bridge the gap between the co-existing world of the Social Web which is open, democratic and participatory, and the more guarded, precise and measured world of HE. Essentially students are themselves managing this disjuncture where often they are the experts rather than their tutors.”
JISC and the Higher Education Academy have welcomed the report. David Sadler, Director of Networks at the Academy, highlighting that the report “provides a valuable insight into the knowledge and experience our students have of social web technologies” and Dr Malcolm Read, executive secretary JISC, saying “JISC will continue to deliver a world-class infrastructure to support the use of web 2.0 technologies”.
JISC have summarised the key findings, critical issues and 21 recommendations of the report. Click here to view the JISC summary.