Sero was commissioned through the Jisc Framework as being uniquely well-placed to undertake a review of Technology Enhanced Learning across the UK and internationally. The work was undertaken over a period of two months using a compact team of experts and covered the following areas:
- Benefits – Review of published research and case studies/evaluations to produce an evidence-based summary of the benefits derived in practice from the use of technology-enhanced learning. The definition of benefits covered enhancement, transformational, economic and efficiency benefits.
- UK State of Play – An outline of the ‘state of play’ in technology-enhanced learning in UK HE, considering the drivers, focus, approaches, pedagogies, types of technologies and scales of adoption, including brief pen pictures of activity in a selection of institutions. This required development of a framework to characterise ‘types’ of institution, maturity and approach to convey the state of play in a concise and readable manner.
- Potential Game Changers – Capturing forward-thinking or game-changing technology-enabled approaches to learning and teaching from outside mainstream UK HE, which could potentially be applied by UK universities.
- International Exemplars – A review of the approaches to national technology-enhanced learning policy and infrastructure in up to six comparator countries.
- Synthesis & Recommendations – Based on all of the above, an outline of key opportunities for both institutions and Jisc to act in order to maximise the benefit, and significantly increase the impact, of technology on learning and teaching practice and course design and delivery.
The report fed into materials for the Jisc Board and collaborative papers produced by Jisc such as the HEPI paper ‘Rebooting learning for the digital age: What next for technology-enhance higher education?’ just published.