Technology‐enhanced learning : Rethinking the term, the concept and its theoretical background

Passey, Don (2019) Technology‐enhanced learning : Rethinking the term, the concept and its theoretical background. British Journal of Educational Technology, 50 (3). pp. 972-986. ISSN 0007-1013

[thumbnail of BJET paper Passey final]
PDF (BJET paper Passey final)
BJET_paper_Passey_final.pdf - Accepted Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial.

Download (154kB)


This theoretical paper is concerned with problematising the rethinking of theoretical backgrounds associated with one of the commonly used educational technology terms (fields)—technology‐enhanced learning—in the wider context of scholarship. Examples will show that the term itself is now used beyond its apparent, stated scope, that it is used in a number of varied ways, and that this is in itself problematic. The ways in which the term is used will be identified, and from these a strategic categorisation to rethink the use of the single term in areas of scholarship (particularly research and teaching) will be proposed, offering terms specifically encompassing the realms in which technologies are being used. From this categorisation, it will be shown that each specific category is based on different conceptions related to or arising from practice. Consequently, ways that theoretical backgrounds should be considered will be explored in each case. While existing theoretical backgrounds enable conceptual underpinnings in some of those cases, in other cases it will be shown that there are currently no fully developed theories or limited theoretical frameworks available. The paper will conclude by identifying key research areas needed if we are to develop and take pertinent aspects of scholarship further forward.

Item Type:
Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
British Journal of Educational Technology
Additional Information:
This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Passey, D. (2019), Technology‐enhanced learning: Rethinking the term, the concept and its theoretical background. Br J Educ Technol, 50: 972-986. doi:10.1111/bjet.12783 which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.
Uncontrolled Keywords:
?? technology enhanced learninglearning and teaching theoriesconceptualising the termproblematising the termeducation ??
ID Code:
Deposited By:
Deposited On:
28 Mar 2019 14:40
Last Modified:
02 Jun 2024 00:31