The TEL-Map European project, funded by the European Commission, has launched a survey about technology supported, innovative learning practices.
TEL-Map is a Coordination and Support Action focussing on roadmapping activities for innovative forms of learning. A roadmap can be understood as a ‘strategic lens’, through which future developments in a domain or an organisation are analysed for the purpose of channelling available resources wisely.
The aim of this new survey is to collect the views of teaching professionals to inform future roadmapping activities by probing certain statements with regards to their likelihood, desirability and – when it comes to policy measures – their feasibility.
There is no need to be an expert in all areas addressed to answer the survey, as the objective of TEL-Map is to get feedback from people with as diverse backgrounds as possible.
Question blocks have been created for each of the following innovative practices:
- Gamification: using game mechanics and elements of game design in non-game contexts in order to motivate learning. Controversial issues evolve around 'hunting for points as a distraction of learning', neglect of demographic particularities, availability of gamification strategies.
- Free Massive Open Online Course: bringing existing courses to an extended audience by driving technological and economical innovation. Controversial issues evolve around funding models, accreditation, high attrition rates and possible ways of highly automated learner support.
- Flipped classroom: inverting classroom situations so that the lecture part is moved from school to home and the exercise part takes place at school. Controversial issues evolve around managing differences between learners being more or less successful doing their homework, which requires fundamentally new types of in-class activities.
- Seamless Learning (Ubiquitous Learning): obliterating borders between different technologies and learning formats such as formal and informal learning or individual and social learning. Controversial issues evolve around the ownership of learning tools and data generated by learners' activities, or the potentially invasive character of learning technologies to the detriment of a balanced life style.
The 2013 Horizon Project Higher Education Advisory Board initially voted on the top 12 emerging technologies — the result of which is documented in this a interim report: the NMC Horizon Project Short List > 2013 Higher Education Edition. This Short List then helped the advisory board narrow down the 12 technologies to six for the full publication.
The Study Mapping and Analysing Prospective Technologies for Learning (MATEL) responds to the need to get a deeper understanding of the concrete technological innovations driving educational change. It is conducted by the MENON Network on behalf of the European Comission and it has now entered its final phase. You will just need a few minutes to rank the top technologies that will support educational change in Europe across different learning sectors.
The MENON Network is conducting, on behalf of the European Commission, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS), the Study Mapping and Analysing Prospective Technologies for Learning (MATEL). It responds to the need to get a deeper understanding of the concrete technological innovations driving educational change.
The study aims therefore at: getting a better understanding of how technologies that are expected to play a decisive role in shaping future learning strategies will evolve in the short –medium term, understanding how the market of such technologies is expected to develop and identifying a set of strategies and actions to promote these technologies.
For the final phase of the survey, you’re warmly invited to rank the top technologies that will support educational change in Europe across different learning sectors. You can leave your contact details at the end of the questionnaire in case you are interested in getting the results of the study.
The results of the analysis will be discussed in the frame of a Roadmapping workshop (scheduled in Brussels at the end of October and attended by 20 experts and stakeholders in the field of technology and learning).
To know more about the study visit http://www.menon.org/matel/