UK: Students fashion their own educationThe Guardian. "Hi Dave, how are you today? Just thought I'd let you know what I'm doing," they would read. Or: "Sorry you're going. I've had a good time here and that would probably have had something to do with you, so thanks."
In some ways the informality was shocking, says Melville, but it was actually a sign of how students' understanding of their role has changed. "They have a more democratic view of the institution they are in, and they feel free to comment."
A Committee of Inquiry into the Changing Learner Experience, chaired by Melville, was set up earlier this year to explore this profound change in attitudes, as well as the more day-to-day challenges posed by new technology. The inquiry has three main aims. The first is to explore the nature and extent of young people's use of web 2.0 technologies; the second, to find out how this has affected attitudes towards learning; and the third, to identify how institutions are and should be responding.
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