Technology Enhanced Learning: What works and why?
Project Lead: Dublin City University
Project Partners: Athlone Institute of Technology, Dundalk Institute of Technology
There are five major phases:
(i) the establishment phase,
(ii) the planning phase,
(iii) the implementation phase,
(iv) the evaluation phase, and
(v) the follow up action phase. Note the latter phase is outside of the official timeframe of this project.
During Phase 1, a Steering Group will be established with at least one institutional contact from each partner. This group will then meet regularly. A Project Manager will support the Steering Group and help select the most appropriate professional development events and activities. The Project Manager will play a key role in coordinating the “TEL Week” at each partner institution and a dedicated website and appropriate social media channels will be developed as part of a wider Communication Plan.
During Phase 2, there will be a call for expressions of interest to contribute to the event. Submissions will be evaluated alongside a range of activities that we have already identified as well suited to addressing the overarching question (e.g., what works and why in a specific discipline, in supporting assessment feedback, in fostering first-year engagement, etc.).
In addition an invitation will be issued to propose specific TEL Innovation Projects along with a request to help establish and facilitate Peer Mentoring Circles to foster rich teaching and learning conversations within specific interest areas.
In Phase 3, each institution will host a minimum of five development events specifically addressing or integrating four potential technology-enhanced learning domains—that is, what works and why for
(i) learners in class,
(ii) learners out-of-class,
(iii) staff in class, and
(iv) staff out-of-class.
This phase also involves the establishment of the Mentoring Circles and the launch the TEL Innovation Projects.
In Phase 4, evidence of impact will be documented and reported, including the results of a follow up staff survey of what works and why.