An Invitation to Look at Enhancement in Technology-Enhanced Learning

Stéphanie Gauttier, Inmaculada Arnedillo-Sanchez

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The Internet, e-learning and now mobile learning are seen as opportunities for individual to access information and engage in learning anytime, anywhere. However, digital devices and technologies are also perceived as detrimental for learning (Dror, 2007), memory and attention (The Telegraph, 2015). The role that they play in learning needs questioning. Technology-enhanced learning (TEL) is the use of technologies for learning. The term appears almost systematically in research concerned with e-learning without being discussed in itself (Price and Kirkwood 2014). To this end, there is a call for drawing more attention to the concept of enhancement, which is at the core of TEL, (Kirkwood & Price, 2014; Dror 2008). This paper proposes a discussion of the notion of Technology-Enhanced learning. Firstly, it will examine the definition of enhancement and highlight how learners could be cognitively enhanced. Secondly, it will discuss the role of technology in learning as seen in literature, and illustrate it mainly performs an enabling function, rather than an enhancing one. The paper argues that technology appears to have a real enhancing role when the cognitive abilities of the learner are taken into account. Based on these considerations, future research directions for TEL will be proposed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEuropean Distance and E-Learning Network Annual Conference (EDEN 2016)
Subtitle of host publicationRe-Imagining Learning Environments: Budapest, Hungary, 14-17 June 2016
EditorsAntonio Moreira Teixeira, Andras Szucs, lldiko Mazar
Place of PublicationRedhook, NY
PublisherCurran Associates Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)978-1-5108-5022-4
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event25th European Distance and e-Learning Network Annual Conference, EDEN 2016 - Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 14 Jun 201617 Jun 2016
Conference number: 25


Conference25th European Distance and e-Learning Network Annual Conference, EDEN 2016
Abbreviated titleEDEN

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