Technology Enhanced Learning Quality Framework

The aim of our TEL Quality Framework is to assist staff to meaningfully incorporate technology into learning, teaching and assessment, using the principles of the 3E Framework. Frameworks for TEL can adopt an approach driven by either the technology itself, or the pedagogical principles that underpin the learning that happens within the virtual environment. Each approach has merits and pitfalls. It is for this reason that we have adopted a combined approach that prompts staff to consider not only what tools they will use but how they will use them to facilitate student learning and what type of learning it is they wish their students to engage in.

Recognising the iterative nature of adopting technology, the 3E Framework is based on a tried and tested Enhance-Extend-Empower continuum for using technology to effectively support learning, teaching and assessment across disciplines and levels of study.

This section combines the 3E Framework which is based on an Enhance-Extend-Empower continuum, drawn from the TESEP (2007) project, with quality statements originally devised by a group of YSJ University e-Pedagogy Teaching Fellows, and staff from ADD, but further developed through consulting with staff and students on their minimum expectations for VLE use, benchmarking by investigating sector-wide subscription to minimum standards, and identifying current best practice at YSJ.

How to Use the Framework

The primary aim of the TEL quality framework is to facilitate and encourage a consistent approach to the use of Technology Enhanced Learning across the university. The intended audience of this document is academic tutors who are responsible for teaching on credit bearing modules. To achieve this, it is recommended that tutors use the framework to:

  1. Help them consider how they want their students to learn and to what extent they would like them to be independent in their learning. Tutors should consider that this means in terms of the 3E framework and how they might use technology.
  2. Help them consider the tools they will use to facilitate that learning and check the quality statements to ensure that they are using the tools in ways that meet minimum expectations.

Embedding the Quality Framework

Tutors and academic managers might consider embedding the quality framework into existing practices such as:

  • Programme validation documentation
  • Peer Supported Review of Learning and Teaching (PSRLT)
  • Programme Evaluative Reports (PERs)
  • Performance Development Reviews (PDRs)

For further information about the Framework or to discuss how it can be most effectively used, please contact TEL@yorksj.ac.uk.