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Definitions: Theoretical background relevant to technology facilitated social learning
Research evidence: Systematic literature reviews on the theme of technology facilitated social learning

Tips for using technology to support blended learning

  • Using technology imageRepurpose time and restructure delivery methods using technology in favour of collaborative, problem-based learning

  • Use online tools such as communities, blogs, forums and  collaborative documents to create an online classroom where interactions occur rather than just a static website

  • Increase the availability of content in different media so that students have choice over their learning pathways facilitating self-directed learning

  • Increase student collaboration so that they look to each other for feedback rather than just their tutors and understand the value of belonging to a community of practice

  • Increase student control over time, pace, place and learning path, blurring the boundaries between formal and informal learning

  • Make a seamless connection between online and offline learning so that there is a strong connection with the face to face learning

  • Rather than focusing on the technology tools, use technology to support a range of modes of delivery and types of interactions e.g.  collaborative walls and video conferencing alongside synchronous online events such as webinars or twitter chats

  • Support students expressing their understanding by creating media-rich digital artefacts

  • Support visual and auditory access methods and alternative ways of expressing ideas

(Caldwell, 2016)

Read more about the continuum of technology-based learning:


Caldwell, H. (2016) University of Northampton Staff Guide [leaflet] Blended Learning in ITT Staff Guide. Internal document: University of Northampton.

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