Technology in professional education
Educational theory is reviewed in context of its implications for Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL). Drawing on theory as well as strategic recommendations for use of TEL in Higher Education Institutions, this study undertook an exploratory study into the use of two educational technologies, namely online lectures and collaborative wiki tools, in a legal professional higher education setting. Research objectives include assessing ELT’s effectiveness in terms of student engagement, collaborative learning and learning outcomes. Results strongly suggest that this two-part online learning environment is appreciated by students, and importantly is associated with increases in perceived learning and critical analysis observations. Findings also indicate that flexibility, and in particular, opportunities for repeated lecture engagement are pivotal to enhanced learning. However, this study also reveals that digital skill gaps and participation inhibition prevent an inclusive learning environment. Recommendations for future research and the teaching profession are discussed.
Citation:Coles, C. (2016) Technology in professional education. Higher Education Institution's Role in Society: Challenges, Trends and Prospects, 1 (5), pp. 48-52
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