Missing: evidence of a scholarly approach to teaching and learning with technology in higher education

Kirkwood, Adrian and Price, Linda (2013) Missing: evidence of a scholarly approach to teaching and learning with technology in higher education. Teaching in Higher Education, 18(3), pp. 327-337. ISSN (print) 1356-2517

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As technology is increasingly being used for teaching and learning in higher education, it is important to scrutinise what tangible educational gains are being attained. Are claims about technology transforming learning and teaching in higher education borne out by actual practices? This paper draws upon a critical analysis of recent research literature concerning Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL). It argues that few published accounts of TEL practices show evidence of a scholarly approach to university teaching. Frequently, TEL interventions appear to be technology-led rather than responding to identified teaching and learning issues. The crucial role of teachers? differing conceptions of teaching and of the purpose of professional development activities is often ignored. We argue that developing a more scholarly approach among university teachers is more essential than providing technical training if practices are to be improved to maximise the effectiveness of TEL.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: technology enhanced learning; student learning; teaching in higher education; scholarship of teaching and learning; technological determinism
Research Area: Education
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Interdepartmental and Cross-Faculty Research Groups and Centres (until 2017)
Services and Administration (until 2017)
Depositing User: Simon Collins
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2015 16:34
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2015 16:34
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/33232

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