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  • 1.
    Al-adwan, Ahmad
    et al.
    Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom.
    Smedley, Jo
    University of Wales, Newport, Wales, United Kingdom.
    Implementing e-learning in the Jordanian Higher Education Systems: Factors affecting impact2012In: ijEDict - International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology, ISSN 1814-0556, E-ISSN 1814-0556, Vol. 8, no 1, p. 121-135Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The increased involvement of technology in all aspects of our lives places educational institutions under pressure to include these aspects at the heart of their learning. This ensures that they continue to be competitive in a constantly changing market with international and cultural links. This study explores the factors that influenced the development of learning through technology at two Jordanian universities, focusing on full-time staff and students. It considers the general attitude towards engaging in learning through technology with outcomes demonstrating that training and development is required prior to implementation to adequately support the learning transition. The organisational infrastructure often presents the greatest barrier to such developments. Informed by the outcomes of the study, a training and development programme has been designed, developed and implemented to support the cultural change and increase its impact.

  • 2.
    Al-Adwan, Amer
    et al.
    Applied Science University, Amman, Jordan.
    Al-Adwan, Ahmad
    Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, United Kingdom.
    Smedley, Jo
    University of South Wales, Treforest, United Kingdom.
    Exploring Students Acceptance of Technology in Jordanian Universities2013In: ijEDict - International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology, ISSN 1814-0556, E-ISSN 1814-0556, Vol. 9, no 2, p. 4-18Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Today’s rapid changing world highlights the influence and impact of technology in all aspects of learning life. Higher Education institutions in developed Western countries believe that these developments offer rich opportunities to embed technological innovations within the learning environment. This places developing countries, striving to be equally competitive in international markets, under tremendous pressure to similarly embed appropriate blends of technologies within their learning and curriculum approaches, and consequently enhance and innovate their learning experiences. Although many universities across the world have incorporated internet-based learning systems, the success of their implementation requires an extensive understanding of the end user acceptance process. Learning using technology has become a popular approach within higher education institutions due to the continuous growth of Internet innovations and technologies. Therefore, this paper focuses on the investigation of students, who attempt to successfully adopt e-learning systems at universities in Jordan. The conceptual research framework of e-learning adoption, which is used in the analysis, is based on the technology acceptance model. The study also provides an indicator of students’ acceptance of e-learning as well as identifying the important factors that would contribute to its successful use. The outcomes will enrich the understanding of students’ acceptance of e-learning and will assist in its continuing implementation at Jordanian Universities.

  • 3.
    Smedley, Jo
    University of South Wales, Treforest, United Kingdom.
    Enhancing Information Impact: how do we make the most of our information senses?2018In: Information and Learning Sciences, ISSN 2398-5348, Vol. 119, no 3/4, p. 142-144Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose: This paper discusses the importance of effectively using senses in sharing information and managing the opportunities they individually and collaboratively offer.

    Design/methodology/approach: The paper considers how information is best portrayed by each sense, individually and collaboratively.

    Findings: How information takes account of senses to ensure that information engagement is maximised through its entertainment and education value.

    Research limitations/implications: As the value and importance of information continues to grow, so will the urgency of information engagement and ensuring that its portrayal is appropriate, effective and efficient through a variety of sensory approaches – whether individual or collaborative.

    Practical implications: One sensory size does not fit all. It is important that the dimensions and flexibility of information are reflected to ensure that it can adapt to suit various audiences. These flexible approaches will ensure that learner engagement is maximised.

    Social implications: All information methods are of equal value. By ensuring that learners are able to access the information method that is most appropriate to them, then learning potential can be maximised. There is a growing urgency to move away from a status quo information approach and thereby enhance variety and enable potential.

    Originality/value: Information is power. Each person is unique. How they learn combines these two qualities. A flexible approach to information engagement will encourage and enable information and learning sharing to maximise achievement and contribute to ongoing information entrepreneurship, resilience and sustainability. © 2018, Emerald Publishing Limited.

  • 4.
    Smedley, Jo
    University of South Wales, Newport, United Kingdom.
    Information, colour and learning2018Other (Refereed)
  • 5.
    Smedley, Jo
    University of South Wales, Newport, United Kingdom.
    Information innovation: it's all about people2017In: Information and Learning Sciences, ISSN 2398-5348, Vol. 118, no 11/12, p. 669-671Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose: This paper discusses the importance of effectively engaging people in sharing information and managing its implementation across organisations as a key part of successful change initiatives.

    Design/methodology/approach: Consideration why information is important to an organisation and how people and space contribute to its current and future effective management.

    Findings: How flexibility of working practices and the creative management of physical and virtual space empowers and enables change in innovating new working practices.

    Research limitations/implications: How creative thinking contributes to flexibility and streamlining of established practices to achieve effective information management. There is no “final answer” – it is an ongoing iterative process which depends on people engagement for continued success.

    Practical implications: Within a working environment of ongoing change, it is important that the value of engaging people in organisational change is embedded as a key part of assuring continuing successful outcomes.

    Social implications: The methods of engaging people in successful change need to be carefully considered to maximise overall outcomes reflecting a “hearts and mind” perspective. Approaches used are often individual to different groups within wider communities. All contribute to achieving effective change outcomes across a whole organisation.

    Originality/value: Today’s information age is ever changing. People are an organisations best asset. An effective information management system enables a flexible, agile and response to access data, develop information and progress knowledge to build ongoing sustainability. © 2017, © Emerald Publishing Limited.

  • 6.
    Smedley, Jo
    University of South Wales, Treforest, United Kingdom.
    Innovation and Information2016In: Innovation in Libraries and Information Services: Advances in Library Administration and Organisation / [ed] David Baker & Wendy Evans, Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2016, p. 227-241Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose

    The effective and efficient analysis and application of information lies at the heart of success in today’s world. Greater emphasis is now on the quality of information and the confirmation of its value through effective analysis and review. This includes engaging in dialogue to enhance understanding, the empowering role of technology and the versatility that information provides.

    Methodology/approach

    The chapter considers the innovative use of information from different perspectives to encourage readers to reflect on their own experiences and think about their individual and organisational uses of information with a view to being creative and exploring new avenues of use. Two case studies are included to demonstrate possible approaches – not as a definitive way ahead but more as examples of possibilities.

    Findings

    There will continue to be new ways of innovating information – some of which we know, others which we don’t yet know. The creative thinking approach that is key to being unafraid to explore and use information to best effect is the overall finding of this chapter.

    Originality/value

    With the continually changing landscape of technology, the creative and original use of its application is the key to continued entrepreneurial outcomes. Some suggestions for the innovative use of information are included – certainly not a definitive list – to encourage reflection, inspire creativity and stimulate thinking with the overall aim of gaining value from information. © 2017 by Emerald Group Publishing Limited All rights of reproduction in any form reserved.

  • 7.
    Smedley, Jo
    University of South Wales, Newport, United Kingdom.
    Keeping fit and healthy in a digital world: [some thoughts on preparing for successful online working]2018Other (Refereed)
  • 8.
    Smedley, Jo
    Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, University of Wales, Newport, Newport, United Kingdom.
    Managing E-xpectations: Developing Knowledge Management Through Market Communication2012In: Higher Education Management and Operational Research: Demonstrating New Practices and Metaphors / [ed] G. Bell, J. Warwick and P. Galbraith, Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, 2012, p. 97-108Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The quality of the relationship between a business and its stakeholders has a profound effect on attracting, maintaining and retaining its contacts (Neville et al., 2005). This provides a substantive and productive information base with the aim of improved satisfaction, loyalty maintenance and determination of current and future needs. It also informs enhanced strategic positioning within the market.

  • 9.
    Smedley, Jo
    Newport Business School, University of Wales, Newport, Allt-yr-yn Campus, Newport, United Kingdom.
    Modelling Personal Knowledge Management2009In: OR Insight, ISSN 0953-5543, Vol. 22, no 4, p. 221-233Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The management of knowledge demonstrates a substantial amount of literature focused at organisational level with the management of people and the development of their skills and knowledge often determining success or failure. However, with increased pace and the use of more informal approaches in workplace communication through modern technologies, success is often determined by the individual knowledge management (KM) of the employees themselves indirectly providing organisational benefits. This article proposes a model for this personal KM, relating traditional organisational KM theory to individual knowledge acquisition and management processes. The influences of peer and hierarchical communities to the personal KM process are also discussed.

  • 10.
    Smedley, Jo
    Newport Business School, University of Wales, Newport, Newport, United Kingdom.
    Modelling the impact of knowledge management using technology2010In: OR Insight, ISSN 0953-5543, Vol. 23, no 4, p. 233-250Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Continuing professional development practices in today's fast moving work place increasingly involves the use of modern technologies as part of the continuing quest to enhance a flexible and responsive learning experience. Centrally positioned organisational training and development initiatives often leave ‘gaps’ in personal knowledge management by individuals who are often part of diverse user groups from different backgrounds. Consideration of existing methodologies in e-learning based on a UK public sector benchmarking process provided a useful starting point for this knowledge management using technology analysis. A case study from a training and development setting highlights the application of the resulting impact model to a real-world situation reflecting experiences and expectations of facilitator and trainee groups. Outcomes of the impact analysis advised the positioning and direction for subsequent developments to maximise personal and organisational efficiency and effectiveness.

  • 11.
    Smedley, Jo
    Halmstad University, School of Information Technology, Halmstad Embedded and Intelligent Systems Research (EIS). Aston University, Birmingham, United Kingdom.
    Working with blended learning2005In: Enhancing teaching in higher education: New approaches for improving student learning / [ed] Peter Hartley, Amanda Woods & Martin Pill, London: Routledge, 2005, p. 83-94Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 12.
    Smedley, Jo
    et al.
    Halmstad University, School of Information Technology, Halmstad Embedded and Intelligent Systems Research (EIS).
    Sjöberg, Jeanette
    Halmstad University, School of Education, Humanities and Social Science, Centrum för lärande, kultur och samhälle (CLKS).
    A Swinglish Experience: bridging international boundaries in the scholarship of learning and teaching2015Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 13.
    Zimmerman, Ewa
    et al.
    Halmstad University, School of Information Technology, Halmstad Embedded and Intelligent Systems Research (EIS), Man and Information technology laboratory (MI-lab).
    Smedley, Jo
    Halmstad University, School of Information Technology, Halmstad Embedded and Intelligent Systems Research (EIS).
    ERP Implementations – a Never Ending Story?2006In: Proceedings of the 29th IRIS, IRIS , 2006, p. 12-Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) systems integrate software solutions that support the integration of all information flows leading to organizational changes. Thispaper outlines a research proposal concerning the implementation and use of ERP systems in organizations. Taking an information and knowledge perspective on organization from the management and consultant perspective, we present issues that are of interest when ERP systems are implemented and used. The paper ends with discussion concerning future work.

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