About the programme themes

The TEL programme seeks to distil themes from across the projects into more generalisable findings. In doing so, we are helping to answer the question: how can technology be designed and built so that it improves learning?

Built into the initial commissioning of the TEL programme were four key research themes namely Flexibility, Inclusion, Personalisation and Productivity. To these have been added another key theme Research Community.

  • Research Community: helping the UK research community to rise to the interdisciplinary challenges of TEL research.
  • Flexibility: enabling the provision of education and skills to be deployed in more open, variable, and accessible ways, so that learning opportunities are available in a more seamless environment that can link classroom, home, workplace, and community.
  • Inclusion: improving the reach of education and lifelong learning to groups and individuals who are not best served by mainstream methods.
  • Personalisation: transforming the quality of learning, teaching and assessment by exploiting the responsive and adaptive capabilities of advanced digital technologies to achieve a better match with learners’ needs, dispositions and identities.
  • Productivity: achieving higher quality and more effective learning in affordable and acceptable ways.

Under each theme there are a number of different strands led by experts in particular fields that seek to analyse the programme’s work as a whole from different perspectives and look outwards to achieving impact in their field. There are currently 10 strands in different stages of evolution, as follows:

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