Week 16 “Exploring the Wider Context”

Create and share a Blog post as an embedded audio PODCast or VODCast (Video PODCast) discussing legislation, policies and standards that impact upon the use of educational technologies, and mobile social media in particular.

Comment and provide feedback to other participants Blog posts on the wider context.

You could use Soundcloud, Bambuser or Audioboom to create and share a PODCast, or YouTube, Vimeo, or Bambuser to create and share a VODCast.

In exploring the wider context CMALT candidates should demonstrate their awareness of and engagement with wider issues that inform their practice.

Candidates must cover at least one legislative area and either a second legislative area or a policy area. That is you need to cover a minimum of two areas, at least one of which must be legislative.

a) Understanding and engaging with legislation, policies and standards

Statements here should show how relevant legislation, has influenced your work. You are not expected to have expert knowledge of all of these areas, but are expected to be aware of how they relate to your current practice.

In the UK you would be expected to demonstrate how you work within the context of relevant legislation such as:

  •   Accessibility including special educational needs
  •   Intellectual property (IPR)
  •   Freedom of Information (if you work for a public body)
  •   Data protection.
  •   Child protection
  •   Anti-discrimination law
  •   Points Based Immigration System (PBIS)
  •   Other related examples

    In your country there may be different requirements, and you should indicate this in your portfolio. It is suggested that you pick at least two areas to discuss. In New Zealand see the Government HE strategies and policies website: http://www.education.govt.nz/further-education/policies-and-strategies/tertiary-education-strategy/

    b) Policy

    You are not obliged to address this area so long as you have addressed at least two legislative areas. Examples of policy issues you may address include:

  •   Policies and strategies (national or institutional)
  •   Technical standards
  •   Professional codes of practice

    You might also be expected to engage with institutional policies and, where appropriate, national policies and evidence of some of this should be provided.

    The kinds of evidence that would support this would include minutes of meetings with legal advisers, documentation showing how legal issues have influenced work (such as reports or data protection forms), justifications for modifications to a course to reflect new policies or a record of how technical standards have been taken into account during system development.