The Open UniversitySkip to content

Conceptualising the role of Information and Communication Technologies in the design of higher education teaching models used in the UK

Caird, Sally and Lane, Andrew (2015). Conceptualising the role of Information and Communication Technologies in the design of higher education teaching models used in the UK. British Journal of Educational Technology, 46(1) pp. 58–70.

Full text available as:
PDF (Accepted Manuscript) - Requires a PDF viewer such as GSview, Xpdf or Adobe Acrobat Reader
Download (412kB) | Preview
DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link:
Google Scholar: Look up in Google Scholar


Despite the widespread availability of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and some research into specific pedagogical practices using them, there has been little research on the role of these technologies in shaping broader pedagogical approaches in higher education (HE). Increased experimentation in using ICTs raises questions about their pedagogical role in teaching, learning and assessment provision, and in creating innovative pedagogies. An accepted approach is needed to compare the different ways ICTs and rich media are used in HE teaching models. Within the SusTEACH HE sustainability research project this was needed to support the carbon-based environmental assessment of HE courses using ICTs. Building on a review of learning design theories and models, and ICTs used for pedagogical purposes, this paper considers several approaches to conceptualising the role of ICTs in HE courses, leading to the development of the Teaching Models Rating Tool designed to examine the role of ICTs in course provision. This tool characterises courses as using Face-to-face Teaching Models; Distance Teaching Models; ICT-enhanced blended Teaching Models; or Online Teaching Models. Whilst this Tool was designed to support research on sustainable HE teaching models in the UK, it has wider applications to support comparative assessments of pedagogical and economic impacts. Further developments will be informed by the complex and evolving role of ICTs in HE teaching models.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2013 British Educational Research Association
ISSN: 1467-8535
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
SusTEACHNot SetJoint Information Systems Committee (Jisc)
Extra Information: Awarded Green Gown Award (Research and Development), Finalist Certificate 2012. The SusTEACH project.
Keywords: role of information and communication technologies; ICTs; innovative pedagogy; higher education teaching models; learning design; teaching and learning delivery; blended learning; online learning; pedagogical tools
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Item ID: 39040
Depositing User: Sally Caird
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2013 15:57
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2020 19:06
Share this page:


Altmetrics from Altmetric

Citations from Dimensions

Download history for this item

These details should be considered as only a guide to the number of downloads performed manually. Algorithmic methods have been applied in an attempt to remove automated downloads from the displayed statistics but no guarantee can be made as to the accuracy of the figures.

Actions (login may be required)

Policies | Disclaimer

© The Open University   contact the OU