Eden Special Interest Group on Technology Enabled Learning (Tel) and Quality Enhancement

Aim and rationales

The EDEN Special Interest Group (SIG) on Technology Enabled Learning (TEL) and Quality Enhancement (QE) was official launched during the EDEN Conference in Jönköping 13-16 June 2017. During the EDEN conference EDEN showed its competence and activities in the field of TEL and QE. EDEN hosted a series of four workshops during the conference. The themes were:

  • EDEN’s rationale and action plan on the work of launching a SIG on TEL and QE
  • Renewing the quality agenda
  • Quality in TEL at micro, meso, and macro levels, and identification of stakeholders
  • Innovation for quality leadership

The workshops were a start for the EDEN SIG on Technology Enabled Learning (TEL), and Quality Enhancement. Each workshop was a stand-alone event, and all were among the main contributions from EDEN during the conference days. The themes were selected as proposals for EDEN to further develop, especially together with EDEN NAP (Network of Academics). The workshops also highlighted how EDEN members might be further involved to continue to learn together.

The first workshop introduced and presented the rationale of the EDEN SIG on Technology Enabled Learning (TEL), and Quality Enhancement(QE), and the series of workshops/learning cafes were introduced. In addition, rationales why EDEN will take a lead on TEL and QE were discussed. Also discussed were the state of the art in research and practices, current challenges, and challenges ahead. In addition, the EDEN NAP presented how they could support and engage members. Suggestions were raised for different events throughout the year. In the three following workshops each theme was discussed, though maybe more questions than answers were given! Suggestions for further work by EDEN, EDEN NAP, and its members were outlined. At the end of the conference the EDEN President summarized the workshops/learning cafes, and discussed how EDEN can contribute to the international quality agenda related to TEL for quality enhancement.

The themes will be added to and further elaborated during the coming year within EDEN SIG Technology Enabled Learning (TEL), and Quality Enhancement. The aim is to work through the EDEN NAP, and to involve members, both experts and those with just an interest in QE and TEL. The action plan for the following year will include activities such as:

  • Creating a space (HUB) at the EDEN webpage for SIG TEL QE, for resources (projects, references etc.), events, experts, quality models and current news within the areas
  • Including hot topics within the areas of TEL and QE in EDENs monthly Newsflash
  • Working in close collaboration with the EDEN NAP
  • Organizing EDEN NAP Tweet Chats (to be announced)
  • Organizing EDEN NAP Webinars (to be announced)
  • Presenting the EDEN SIG TEL QE at EDENs own conferences, including EDEN Open Classroom, and EDEN RW
  • Integrating the topic of EDEN SIG TEL QE at the annual Open Education Week (OEW), and at the European Distance Learning Week (EDLW). For EDLW it will be during the week 6-10 November 2017.

Why TEL and Quality Enabled Learning matters

“Students today need access to the digital tools and media-rich resources that will help them explore, understand, and express themselves in the world they will inherit tomorrow.” Partnership for 21st Century Skills

The use of TEL can facilitate and promote educational access, equity and quality around the world, which are the Sustainability Goals related to education (SDG4).

High quality and relevant higher education equips students with the knowledge, skills and core transferable competences they need to succeed after graduation, within a high-quality learning environment which recognizes and supports good teaching. Within a context of globalization and the knowledge economy, the quality of higher education is increasingly regarded as strategically important for national economic development and competitiveness. As a result, countries and development partners are more willing than ever before to invest in quality higher education.

Source: UNESCO

Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) comprises a variety of innovative ICT solutions to deal with numerous evolving educational challenges. These challenges include improving the experience of learners, academics, and institutions; and providing an adaptive, effective, and personalized learning to every learner, managing and meeting the users’ requirements, to mention but a few. Overcoming these challenges can empower learners and consequently the overall society, and contribute to improving the community quality of life. Utilizing ICT in education, or in another word TEL, can facilitate efficient e-learning models where technology helps learners to build their own advanced critical thinking capabilities. TEL also facilitates new ways of learning such as connectivism, communities of practice, and social based learning.

Despite the great potential and the recent innovations in TEL domain, much development is needed to ensure better learning experiences for everyone and to bridge the gap toward TEL good practice. Effective TEL models, tools, and frameworks conceive learning as a complex process that includes various activities and interactions between different roles, so as to achieve certain goals in a continuously evolving environment. This requires capturing the context and using advanced knowledge representation and management techniques. Also, due to the dynamic nature of learning process, TEL models should possess a high level of agility.

In order to accelerate skill development and innovation in the areas of ICT to help Commonwealth of Learning (COL) emphasize that in order to accelerate skill development and innovation in the areas of ICT and to improve the livelihoods of citizens, it is crucial to facilitate the development of 21st-century skills amongst learners at all levels. Some initiatives can be mentioned:

  • Develops ICT in education and OER policies and strengthen policy implementation.
  • Strengthens research on technology-enabled learning for evidence-based advocacy and decision-making.
  • Works with government, industry and academic institutions to develop relevant and innovative courses.
  • Helps institutions to use technology-enabled learning for programme delivery.
  • Promotes the use of open technologies, and OER for skills development.
  • Implements tested models at scale and develop new models for learning using emerging technologies.

What is TEL?

According to Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Technology-enabled learning aims to focus on increasing access to quality teaching and learning by supporting policy formulation and innovation in the application of ICT in education, and the development of ICT skills. TEL includes a wide range of technologies for teaching and learning: online access, mobile devices, and low-cost technologies such as audio and video, radio and TV.

From technology perspective, the possibility of realization of TEL is being enabled by various Artificial Intelligence technologies, theories, and techniques (e.g., Machine Learning, Data Mining, Semantic Web, Big Data, and Learning Analytics), which can be used to customize the learner’s e-learning process, predict her performance, recommend learning activities, and so on. Other distributed computing models such as Cloud Computing and Service Orientation allow further flexibility so that e-learning scenarios/processes can be enacted/orchestrated using a series of web services. The substantive rise of adopting TEL software systems in real life scenarios (e.g., academic organizations, lifelong learning, formal/informal learning, etc.) necessitates these TEL software systems to be properly designed.

Although the term TEL is coined technology enabled learning, pedagogical models using are a crucial issue for quality enhancement to improve learning opportunities for the learner. improving

Technology-enabled learning trends that will change the way we look at learning

(source: eLearning Industry, 2017)

The learning landscape looks completely different today than it did five years ago. The way that learners are learning is changing dramatically: We see individuals learning anywhere, and everywhere making the most of their spare time, in cafes watching a new video tutorial before they get into a meeting; in subways and buses playing a game or learning a new process with focus and intent that has not been witnessed in digital learning earlier. Mobile learning is the first choice for most people today. Learners consume content in a way that is typical to their smartphone usage patterns. They expect content to be short and personalized and are more committed to their learning goals. These trends indicate the need for change for both content and technology in the learning space. There are hence needs for learning solution providers to visualize what has not been seen before and formulate solutions that blend modern learning with traditional and personalized learning experiences and bring these at par with contemporary mobile applications and just-in-time learning methods.

Through research the eLearning Industry (2017) predict the 5 technology-enabled learning trends that will have a significant impact on the workplace learning ecosystem:

  1. The Growing Need For Microlearning
  2. The Explosion of Growth in Mobile Learning
  3. The Rise of Real World Learning
  4. The Success of Gamification
  5. Increasing Collaboration With Social Learning

Resources (content, references)

We would like to encourage members to share resources, and references in the area of TEL QE. Some references are given as a start:

Kirkwood, A., and Price, L. (2016). Technology enabled learning implementation. Vancover: Commonwealth of Learning

 

 

 

 Duval, E., Sharples, M., and Sutherland, R. (Eds.). (2017)

 

 

 

Ossiannilsson, E., Williams, K., Camilleri, A., & Brown, M. (2015). ICDE Global overview of quality models– Oslo: ICDE.

 

 

 

Members of the EDEN SIG TEL QE core group:

  • Dr. Ebba Ossiannilsson, EDEN EC (coordinator)
  • Dr. Sandra Kucina Softic, EDEN EC, Vice President
  • Dr. Mark Nichols, EDEN EC
  • Dr. Airina Volungevičienė, EDEN President
  • Professor Antonella Poce EDEN NAP
  • Professor Antonio TeixeraUniversidade Aberta
  • Professor Ulf Ehlers, Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Karlsruhe

 

EDEN NAP activities

The EDEN NAP is strongly engaged in the development of discussions and actions to increase attention on TEL and QE. Either on #edenchats, which are scheduled every two weeks on different themes of interest, and stored on the EDEN website, and on NAP Webinars the issue of quality, evaluation and impact is always put at stake. In order to support participation of interested subjects, the EDEN NAP SC is trying to know the actual members better and have a more direct contact with those, interested especially to customize possible services, as present society demands. A message to the membership to get updated details has been sent already and a survey is under development and will be circulated soon.

WEBINARS hosted by EDEN Special Interest Group (SIG) on Technology Enabled Learning (TEL) focusing on Quality Enhancement (QE)

EDEN SIG TEL QE will from now on host a series of webinars in close collaboration with EDEN NAP.

Quality In TEL On Micro, Meso And Macro Level, And Who Are The Stakeholders. Why And How Do They Have An Interest?

 21 November 2017 15.00-1600pm CET

Quality in TEL, in the digital transformation can be considered, discussed, and even measured from a variety of perspectives and approaches. First quality has to be considered at different levels, i.e. micro-level, meso-level and macro-level. Second there are different approaches, as accreditation, certification, benchmarking, and or guidelines or  frame of references. Several stakeholders  have an interest in quality. Most often the stakeholders are considered as the learners, the academics, the institution, and even on country level or international level. In addition maturity level has to be taken into consideration, and also if quality is considered as norm based or process based.

The facilitators for this webinar will introduce the theme, and different scenarios will be pointed out for an interesting discussion on how quality in TEL will be  a driver for the digital transformation  for learning and education.

Moderated by Ebba Ossiannilsson EDEN EC

Facilitators: 

  • Ebba Ossiannilsson, EDEN EC, The Swedish Association for Distance Education, Sweden
  • Mark Nichols, EDN EC, Open University, United Kingdom
  • Airina Volungeviciene, President, EDEN, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania

Please join our discussion and contribute to the discussion on Quality in TEL

Watch the recording

New Global Challenges for Quality Development in Open Online Learning

7 December 2017 15.00-1600pm CET

Further information will be given soon.

Moderated by Josep M. Duart, EDEN EC

Facilitators: 

  • Josep M. Duart
  • Ebba Ossiannilsson
  • Ulf-Daniel Ehlers

Register here

In addition an #EDENChat will be hosted on behalf of EDEN SIG TEL QE

New Global Challenges for Quality development in open online learning – 13 December 2017 20.00-21.00 pm CET

Moderated by Professor Dr. Ulf – Daniel Ehlers

Projects

We would like to collect and explore projects on TEL and quality enhancement which EDEN members are involved in. This could be a place for sharing experiences, dissemination, and to inspire others what is dine and can be further build on and explored. You are warmly invited to disseminate your project/s here.

Stay in contact with us

We are pleased to involve you in the current state of the art on the topic of TEL and quality enhancement, so we would like to invite you to stay in contact with us. We are also planning to set up a newsletter on the topic, either separate or in the regular Newsflash from EDEN. If you are interested please provide your contact details as below:

Stay in contact

How to be involved

Hope you will find it of interest to be involved in the dialogue on the topic of TEL and quality enhancement. Please provide us with your contact details so we together can build the EDEN community on the topic of TEL and quality enhancement, You are most welcome!

Contact

Ebba Ossiannilsson

EDEN EC, (co-ordinator EDEN SIG TEL QE)

Ebba.Ossiannilsson@gmail.com