Interdisciplinary cohesion of TEL - An account of multiple perspectives

Philip Meyer, Sebastian Kelle, Thomas Daniel Ullmann, Peter Scott, Fridolin Wild

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    Research areas and academic disciplines are not static: they change over time with new strands emerging and old ones disappearing. Technology-enhanced learning is a relatively young field of academic activity, getting more broad in scope as it matures. In this paper we seek to assess the state of interdisciplinarity in this academic community, presenting the findings of a quantitative study on mutual engagement, shared practices and methodologies, and sense of joint enterprise via a European research network in between learning and technology disciplines. An exploratory cluster analysis is used to identify different stakeholder groups in technology-enhanced learning research and a social network analysis shows how these are connected to each other. Statistical analysis suggests that a multidisciplinary workplace and study background of researchers are major influencing factors for the choice of border-crossing methodology and terminology. Additionally, results from a supplementary survey on the interdisciplinary cohesion between the fields of technology-enhanced learning and educational development support the view that pedagogical and technological sub-disciplines highly intersect in this field.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationScaling Up Learning for Sustained Impact - 8th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, EC-TEL 2013, Proceedings
    Number of pages14
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    Event8th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, EC-TEL 2013 - Paphos, Cyprus
    Duration: 17 Sep. 201321 Sep. 2013

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
    Volume8095 LNCS
    ISSN (Print)0302-9743
    ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


    Conference8th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, EC-TEL 2013


    • Educational Development
    • Interdisciplinarity
    • Methodology
    • Research
    • Science Studies
    • Social Network Analysis
    • Technology-Enhanced Learning


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