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TECHNOLOGY-ENABLED LEARNING

The Technology-Enabled Future at Western involves compelling active student learning experiences that guide, prompt, and motivate students towards academic success.

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As students bring to campus, and use, multitudes of technologies at their fingertips, they actively consume, collaborate and create information in established, and new formats.

Regardless of the technology – principles of student engagement, instructional approaches, assessment design and quality assurance have a pivotal role to play in designing experiences that students want to engage in.

WHERE TO START

This resource has been designed for all academics and instructors of blended, flipped, and online units, and courses.  Depending where you are in your Technology Enabled Learning (TEL) journey, you may like to start at the beginning with the pedagogy principles and planner to start designing your TEL environment, or there may be a particular area that you’d like to focus in and find out about strategies that will make a difference to your students’ learning experience.

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TEL Development Path

Plan

Design

Build

Deliver

Review

PLAN

The design of TEL environments starts with the consideration of pedagogical principles, planning the tasks and activities that will help you achieve particular TEL principles, and identifying where you need assistance. Effective planning takes time and serves as a blueprint for the design of the TEL environment.

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DESIGN

The design phase forms the foundation of the unit design process and involves consideration of how the TEL pedagogy principles can be applied in your unit, the design of learning and assessment activities to promote and encourage student engagement.

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DESIGN

The design phase forms the foundation of the unit design process and involves consideration of how the TEL pedagogy principles can be applied in your unit, the design of learning and assessment activities to promote and encourage student engagement.

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Design your TEL

BUILD

The development phase involves the preparation of course content and presentation of learning materials that motivate and enhance student engagement in a TEL environment. The blueprint you create in the Plan phase is critical for a successful Build phase.

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Build your TEL
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DELIVER

The delivery phase involves engagement and interaction, and is a key component in ensuring student success within a TEL environment. Your active presence in your TEL environment is an important factor in student engagement.

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DELIVER

The delivery phase involves engagement and interaction, and is a key component in ensuring student success within a TEL environment. Your active presence in your TEL environment is an important factor in student engagement.

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Deliver your TEL

REVIEW

Iterative cycles of improvement take place in TEL environments in the same way that you might currently undertake the review process in your campus-based units. The feedback students provide about your TEL unit at the end of the semester can be valuable in helping you improve and refine your teaching.

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GUIDING PRINCIPLES

Digital Futures is advocating for and bringing about a shared understanding of the values of infusing Learning Science principles and practices in the design of authentic, student-centric and engaging learning and assessment experiences to promote deep learning that stays with them throughout their learning journey.

The combination of quality assurance standards and pedagogical principles are the foundation of the guiding principles of the design, development and delivery of student-centred learning environments.

Pedagogical principles overview

At Western, TEL describes the use of technology, platforms, systems and digital content to extend and enhance student-centred learning. The design of TEL environments starts with the consideration of pedagogical principles.

Pedagogy principles

Quality Matters overview

Western uses the Quality Matters (QM) principles in both the design and quality assurance of learning and assessment materials. The QM Rubric is organised into general and specific standards, and it is used as a guiding framework when designing units and when considering how different elements of the unit will work together to ensure and enhance student learning.

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WHO ARE THE DFT?

The Digital Futures Teams (DFT) provides leadership in the integration of digital technologies in the curricula that transform and enrich the learning and teaching experiences.

Digital Futures partners with Schools and other Portfolio areas within the University to support their strategic initiatives to innovate in technology-enhanced learning environments through an emphasis of Learning Science, Learner Experience/User Experience design and a focus on implementation and efficacy of new formats and approaches to Learning & Teaching.

As technologies continue to evolve, the Digital Futures Team (DFT) and the Learning and Teaching Technologies Advisory Group (also under the PVC Digital Futures) are committed to monitoring the accessibility of all digital learning materials, platforms and channels, incorporating universal design into all new systems and upgrades; and staying abreast of fast moving advances in assistive technology and accessibility feature of new products and practices.

This website provides facilitators, creators and designers with best practice advice for designing, developing and teaching in TEL rich environments.

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