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Thompson Rivers University

EDDL 5151: Contemporary Issues in Technology Enhanced Learning

Students will draw upon their earlier research and/or experience in technology-enhanced learning environments, as well as current literature to identify and explore a variety of contemporary issues in technology-enhanced digital learning methods and technologies. Students adopt a critical mindset in approaching both theory and practice, including those related to issues they encounter in their own discipline. Working both individually and in teams for selected activities and assignments, participants will explore ethical and social justice issues including access to learning, open and participatory practices, online privacy and safety in digital learning environments, copyright and licensing, and the idea of the commons. The course culminates in an integrative project incorporating both theory and practice.

Learning outcomes

  • Identify a variety of contemporary issues in technology-enhanced learning and digital learning environments.
  • Critically examine implications of contemporary issues in specific aspects of technology-enhanced learning and digital learning environments.
  • Explore relationships between contemporary issues and pedagogical approaches.
  • Interpret research literature to situate issues in the context of current and historical discourses.
  • Analyze a selection of issues in technology-enhanced and digital learning environments to a specific selected problem setting.

Course topics

  • Unit 1: Learning Technology and Media
  • Unit 2: Social and Ethical Issues
  • Unit 3: Open Educational Practices
  • Unit 4: Learning Design and Delivery
  • Unit 5: Contemporary Issues in Technology-Enhanced and Digital Learning Environments

Required text and materials

All required resources are available free of charge online.


To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 70% or higher on the overall course, and 70% or higher on the mandatory Final Project

Assignment 1: ePortfolio and Blog Posts 20%
Assignment 2: Team Presentation 20%
Assignment 3: Discussion Posts and Participation 10%
Final Project: Major Project Paper (mandatory) 50%
Total 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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