Technology Enhanced Learning: Opportunities for Change

Technology Enhanced Learning: Opportunities for Change

Technology Enhanced Learning: Opportunities for Change

Technology Enhanced Learning: Opportunities for Change


This book focuses on how technology may create new learning environments and enhance basic learning processes. The book identifies and informs some of the strategic decisions involved in designing and implementing new technology to enhance learning. It also examines specific learning applications of TEL in order to understand the context of different learning environments, as well as some of the critical lessons learned in designing these environments. Mixing both conceptual perspectives and actual case experiences should create different learning opportunities for the reader. Technology Enhanced Learning is divided into two parts. Part I deals with strategic issues, such as trends in technology, implications for educational systems, designing infrastructure, and learning environments. Part II looks at specific cases of new learning environments to learn about strategy, infrastructure, impact assessment, and change in TEL learning environments.


Over the past seven years, I have had the privilege of representing Carnegie Mellon University in the formulation of strategic international alliances. Whereas there has been a diverse set of constituencies (e.g., government, industry), a major focus has been on alliances with other institutions of higher education.

What is striking is that whether you are in the U.S., Mexico, Colombia, Chile, South Africa, India, and elsewhere, presidents and administrators of universities are facing a common challenge. The information technology revolution is having and will have profound impacts on the educational process. An underlying theme is how to react to or adapt to technology to fit the mission and goals of the institution. The challenge gets displayed in questions such as: How do I get resources to respond to the constantly changing technology scene? If I had the funds, what are optimal infrastructure designs? How do I strategically think about the role of technology in providing greater access or enhancement for learning? Why should my professors change their approach to learning? What is the evidence that technology driven education improves learning?

For me, what is striking is that many of these questions are introduced in conversations with administrators of large public institutions, a small private college, an old prestigious institution, or a newcomer to higher education, and so on. That is, there is a common set of questions across a diverse group of institutions in very diverse countries.

These experiences are the motivation for the book and shape its design. Our design strategy has three dimensions. First, the target audience is presidents, deans, department heads, and designers of new learning environments in tertiary institutions. Although our focus is on higher education, most of the issues are relevant for other educational levels (i.e., pre and post college).

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