Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) seeks to improve the student learning experience by:
- Aiding student engagement, satisfaction and retention;
- Helping to produce enterprising graduates with the skills required to compete in the global business environment;
- Encouraging inspirational and innovative teaching;
- Personalising learning that promotes reflection;
- Delivering and supporting CPD and internationalisation.
The government’s focus on TEL has greatly increased in recent years with a vision for the UK to become a world leader in higher education e-learning within the next 10 years.
In July 2008 Bill Rammell MP (Minister for Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education, Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills) reiterated the government’s focus on TEL and their support for Learning Technologists. He said, “[We] understand the important role that learning technologists and learning technology are playing in modern learning, and we explicitly acknowledge this in ‘Harnessing Technology 2008 – 2014’ our recently revised high-level cross-sectoral strategy for technology in learning. Technology has a central role to play in enabling services to innovate and to respond, and we see it as a vital tool to help achieve our ambitions”.
Here too at Plymouth University we have recognised the importance of TEL, the need for it to underpin our key agendas and how it is an enabler of our ambitions. This is specifically highlighted in our new T&L strategy which shows the university’s commitment to extending the provision of TEL.