Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is “a thing” in the OU at the moment. I have no idea what folk (think they) mean by it.
Here’s what I mean by it, in the form of my own, ad hoc eTEL – emerging technology enhanced learning – mission statement.
What I aspire to is:
- explore how we might be able to use and repurpose emerging technology to support distance education;
- use the technology we teach our students about to deliver that teaching;
- use the technology we teach our students about to support that teaching;
- use the technology we teach our students about to produce the courses we are teaching;
- expose our students to emerging technologies that they can take and use in the outside world.
This obviously raises tensions, particularly where courses take two years to produce and then ideally (in the eyes of the organisation) remain unchanged for 5 years. The first step is risky, because it means trying new ways of doing things. The last step relates to my belief that universities should be helping push new ideas, technologies, techniques and processes out into society using our students as a vector.