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L. Price, D. Casanova, S. Orwell

Kingston University, London (UNITED KINGDOM)
Although technology uptake for teaching and learning in universities has been considerable, technology enabled learning (TEL) research has had limited impact on implementation decisions and policy around teaching and learning (Angelo, 1993; Breen, Lindsay, Jenkins, & Smith, 2001). While a considerable body of TEL research exists, its influence is still limited (Price, Kirkwood, & Richardson, 2015). More often there is not an institutional approach to technological implementation and this can lead to fragmentation and a ‘disintegrated’ student experience (Kirkwood & Price, 2016). Typically teachers’ VLE learning designs either reflect how they were taught or attempt to replicating face-to-face teaching (Englund, Olofsson, & Price, 2016). Thus VLE learning designs lack research input and institutional contextualization: they are often transmissive in style with limited opportunities for active learning (van der Sluis & May, 2015). To make the best use of technology we need to go beyond opinion and gut instinct and adopt a scholarly and evidence-informed approach to TEL (Kirkwood & Price, 2013).

This paper presents our approach to closing the gap between research and practice. We illustrate our model that uses research to underpin how we have shaped a whole institutional roll out of our new VLE. The model is built around our learning design principles based on current research in the field, institutional priorities and current university educational policies. It addresses how to lever institutional change through the new VLE and how this innovation is a catalyst for changing the pedagogical paradigm. Our experience shows that by adopting such an approach we are able to positively impact on institutional teaching practices and influence policy to support innovative VLE pedagogy.

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