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Interdisciplinarity in Technology Enhanced Learning: An Interview Study

Scanlon, Eileen and Conole, Grainne (2018). Interdisciplinarity in Technology Enhanced Learning: An Interview Study. Journal of Interactive Media in Education, 2018(1) p. 11.

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This paper explores the influence of the concept of interdisciplinarity on the work of educational technologists and others involved in technology-enhanced learning (TEL) research. There is a growing recognition of the need for interdisciplinarity in solving complex research problems in many areas of science. Technology-enhanced learning is a relatively young area of research adopting a multidisciplinary approach to investigating the use of technologies for learning. This makes it a field that is worthy of exploration in terms of how the ways of working developed by its practitioners inform our understanding of the challenges of the field as well as its benefits. This paper reporting on work commissioned by the Joint Research Councils’ programme on Technology Enhanced Learning provides a discussion of the growing literature on this topic, and a study of the working practices of academics in TEL research. An interview study of 18 participants was conducted as part of the project. The paper reports on the key findings from the interviews and concludes with some practical suggestions to help participants deal with the challenges posed by interdisciplinary working in TEL research.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2018 The Authors
ISSN: 1365-893X
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Interdisciplinarity in TELNot SetESRC (Economic and Social Research Council)
Keywords: interdisciplinarity; technology enhanced learning; interviews; educational technology
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI) > Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 57252
Depositing User: Eileen Scanlon
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2018 13:38
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2019 01:09
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