by Pat Manson
Supporting Learning in the 21st Century
Technology-enhanced learning may not flow readily off the tongue or be easily translated as a brand name, but it very consciously reflects what it is: using ICT to secure advancements in learning. By taking advancements as the objective, we go beyond the attempt to reproduce classical ways of teaching via technologies. Technology-enhanced learning combines but places equal emphasis on all three elements - on technologies, on learning and on enhancements or improvements in learning. This will help us in devising ICT-based solutions which motivate and inspire learners and teachers, engaging them in meaningful learning and teaching experiences.
Introduction to the Special Theme
by Peter Scott and Christine Vanoirbeek
Initially known as 'computer-assisted learning' and later e-learning, the study of improving learning processes by the use of technology has evolved into the research domain known as 'Technology-Enhanced Learning'. Its objective is to encourage the emergence of new learning models that are sustained by the context-aware use of technology and anchored in the practices of users.