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Evaluating Innovative Practices

Learn more innovative practices you can use for online learning.
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As a digital learning practitioner, you may have heard the saying ‘pedagogy’ before technology. So how do we know whether technology is serving us well for enhanced online learning?

In this article, we’ll look at some of the ways we can identify and evaluate our practice to ensure that we’re improving the quality of digitally-enabled learning solutions.

Digital Learning Reports

There are a number of educational and research institutions that look at innovation and trends in digital learning, some of which include the following:

Reports such as these are useful in finding out what research tells us about how we might conceptualize and apply approaches to innovation for digital learning.

Digital Learning Frameworks

Let’s now look at some of the frameworks, including guidelines and standards, that facilitate the evaluation of digital learning practices and environments, some of which also lead to accreditation and recognition of innovative professional practice.

Aligning Pedagogy and Technology

When it comes to balancing pedagogical and technological approaches to learning, these reports and frameworks – and the overarching criteria and aspects that emerge from more broadly – can be synthesized to evaluate and benchmark digital learning design and practices.

In essence, these standards and frameworks outline that digital learning is:

  • Aligned and scaffolded: has constructively aligned outcomes, assessments, learning activities
  • Social and inclusive: is collaborative, multi-disciplinary, personal
  • Supported: takes a learner-centred approach, offers service and product design
  • Tracked and responded: provides feedback, learning analytics
  • Afforded by the appropriate use of technology: supports critical digital pedagogy, educational technologies.
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