Towards a smart community: Rethinking the strategic use of ICTs in teaching and learning
AbstractIn response to continuing pressures for change and reform in the higher education sector, this paper outlines and develops a ‘smart community’ model for developing the strategic use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in university teaching and learning. It presents the ‘smart community’ as a viable metaphor and model for articulating and managing integrated training, education, consultancy and research initiatives for staff and students alike, and details its application at a specific faculty and regional setting. The concept of a smart community is to develop innovative partnerships among community institutions and organisations, governments, local business and a range of private sector interests, to take full advantage of the digital economy. A smart community is considered to be one that has developed the means and methods to extract economic, social and cultural benefits from electronic networks. This paper identifies how one university has managed to pilot innovative services and applications to create new value and transform the ‘rhythms’ of its local, host community through the use of ICTs.
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