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An international study of technology enhanced learning-related strategies from the perspective of disruptive innovation

An international study of technology enhanced learning-related strategies from the perspective of... The purpose of this study was to analyse institutional strategy documents relating to technology-enhanced learning.Design/methodology/approachIn total, 84 documents were sampled from 71 leading higher education institutions (HEIs), identified through the Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings 2018. Qualitative content analysis with a directed approach was used to analyse the strategy documents. The specific theory used was disruptive innovation. The use of “innovation”, or variants thereof, was counted in each document. Ten case studies from the sample were used for content analysis.FindingsTechnology-enhanced learning-related strategy documents are conservative, advocating the more efficient use of existing technologies, or the incremental enhancement of existing technologies, but not transformation through technology.Originality/valueBy evaluating the extent to which selected institutional strategies engage with innovation in technology-enhanced learning, this study argues HEIs advocate sustaining innovation or efficiency innovation to a greater extent than disruptive innovation. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Interactive Technology and Smart Education Emerald Publishing

An international study of technology enhanced learning-related strategies from the perspective of disruptive innovation

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
1741-5659
DOI
10.1108/itse-11-2019-0077
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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to analyse institutional strategy documents relating to technology-enhanced learning.Design/methodology/approachIn total, 84 documents were sampled from 71 leading higher education institutions (HEIs), identified through the Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings 2018. Qualitative content analysis with a directed approach was used to analyse the strategy documents. The specific theory used was disruptive innovation. The use of “innovation”, or variants thereof, was counted in each document. Ten case studies from the sample were used for content analysis.FindingsTechnology-enhanced learning-related strategy documents are conservative, advocating the more efficient use of existing technologies, or the incremental enhancement of existing technologies, but not transformation through technology.Originality/valueBy evaluating the extent to which selected institutional strategies engage with innovation in technology-enhanced learning, this study argues HEIs advocate sustaining innovation or efficiency innovation to a greater extent than disruptive innovation.

Journal

Interactive Technology and Smart EducationEmerald Publishing

Published: Sep 22, 2020

Keywords: Strategies; Technology-enhanced learning; International; Disruptive innovation; Higher education institutions

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