Internet Archaeol. 12. Mowat. Summary

SCRAN, Archaeology and Education: Realising the potential of digital resources

Elaine Mowat

Tertiary Education Officer, SCRAN, Abden House, 1 Marchall Crescent, Edinburgh EH16 5HW elainem@scran.ac.uk

Cite this as: E. Mowat 2002 'SCRAN, Archaeology and Education: Realising the potential of digital resources', Internet Archaeology 12. https://doi.org/10.11141/ia.12.5

Summary

The many digitisation initiatives over the last ten years have made available thousands of new resources for learning and teaching. Students of archaeology now have unprecedented access to detailed views of delicate artefacts, remote landscapes and rare maps, as well as virtual reality reconstructions, interactive panoramas, and all kinds of online archives, databases and tutorials.

But does this increased access to information automatically lead to improved learning? Some of the emerging problems of this new learning landscape include information overload, poorly understood and badly implemented technologies and a lack of time and skills among educators to explore properly what's newly available. On the other hand, one of the most interesting outcomes of the introduction of the new educational technologies has been a renewed and lively debate as to what learning involves and how exactly it takes place.

This article will discuss the potential of digital resources to add value to learning. It will consider current ideas about learning in order to identify some of the key ingredients of a good learning experience. It will then identify the different ways in which a digital resource base can contribute to such an experience. Specifically, it will discuss how the resources contained within SCRAN, an online multimedia resource base for education, can be used in the context of learning and teaching in archaeology.

There is evidence that electronic resources are not yet being fully exploited by the current generation of educators and students. By grounding this discussion of their potential within a sound pedagogic rationale, this paper aims to promote informed use and properly placed enthusiasm for these resources.

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