Technology-Enhanced Learning: Best Practices and Data Sharing in Higher Education

  Author: The Global Learning Council Publication Date: April 20, 2015 Source: Carnegie Mellon University  

It’s well established that applying learning science to the design of technology-enhanced learning (TEL) consistently leads to improved learning outcomes. Intimately linked to such an approach is the need for the sharing of data, tools and methods that can be used to support the design and enhancement of TEL environments. Yet many twenty-first-century students, using the most modern of learning technologies, receive instruction that is no more informed by learning research than it would have been in the 1800s. To enable universities to realize the potential of research-informed TEL design and practice, the Council recommends that university leaders build a supporting social-technical infrastructure. To support the adoption and success of this infrastructure, the Global Learning Council has outlined nine specific recommendations that may be considered in the context of three overarching objectives. These objectives are:

  • Foster a conducive culture that enables TEL to thrive
  • Facilitate continuous improvement of instruction and instructional tools
  • Help build a global community for data sharing

The recommendations which support each objective are accompanied by case studies with examples of organizations successfully employing the principles recommended by the GLC.

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