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Technology enhanced learning

Technology enhanced learning (TEL) refers to the use of technologies to support students learning where all physical campuses, digital, community or industry become valid locations for learning and teaching.

A variety of modes of learning and teaching delivery play a key role in providing more accessible, equitable and lifelong higher education opportunities to Waipapa Taumata Rau’s students.

Technology enhanced learning (TEL) fosters on-campus experiences and provides new settings for learning. It helps educate students for the present and empower them for life-long learning.

Three students testing a car's electrical systems


Quality interactive blended learning design involves thoughtful, online learning combined with in-person experiences.


Collaborative learning can occur between pairs of students or within groups.


Learners express their ideas, and challenge and respond to the ideas and questions of others.


Learners consolidate what they have learned by articulating their current conceptual understanding and how they have used it in practice.

Considerations and purpose for TEL

Three levels of potential benefits that TEL could bring to teaching and learning: 1

  • Efficiency – existing processes carried out in a more cost-effective, time-effective, sustainable or scalable manner.
  • Enhancement – improving existing processes and the outcomes.
  • Transformation – radical, positive change in existing processes or introducing new processes.

Recommendations for change

  • Individual Canvas courses follow a minimum set of baseline standards.
  • Curate a blend of experiences that involve decisions about which technology to use and how to integrate that technology with established models of learning and pedagogical practice to maximise the learning potential.
  • Model practices through digital resources that replicate scholarly or workplace practices associated with a profession or vocation.
  • Create interactive, online activities using H5P to support formative learning where learning activities focus on threshold concepts or core content that students traditionally struggle to master.
  • Introduce peer-to-peer engagement to extend learning opportunities beyond the scheduled lecture and tutorial times through online, asynchronous discussions via Canvas Discussion or Piazza.
  • Integrate specialist web applications to support formative feedback, e.g., AcaWriter (University of Technology, Sydney).

Technology enhanced learning represents one of three signature pedagogical practices outlined in the Curriculum Framework.

See also

Learning technologies to support teaching

We provide self-help guides for recommended teaching and learning tools.

Page updated 22/02/2023 (minor edit)

  1. Kirkwood, Adrian, and Linda Price. “Technology-enhanced learning and teaching in higher education: what is ‘enhanced’ and how do we know? A critical literature review.Learning, media and technology 39, no. 1 (2014): 6-36.

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