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Special Issue “Effective and Efficient Digital Learning”

We are guest editing an issue of  Multimodal Technologies and Interaction with the theme “Effective and Efficient Digital Learning”.

Despite many promising initiatives to use digital technology to enhance teaching and learning, its impact on the vast majority of education has so far been slim.

There are several reasons for this: (1) Staff experience a lack of resources, digital competence, and incentives to change well-established habits; (2) Digital technologies are in abundant supply but it is difficult to predict the outcomes without evidence and experience from previous implementations; and (3) Institutions can unintentionally create explicit and implicit barriers to innovation and change, or at least hinder their progress.

At the same time, the funding of schools and universities is competing with many other important and pressing needs.

One possibility for improving this situation would be to gather initiatives in technology-enhanced learning that include both a pedagogical and an economical perspective that can be used in constructive dialogues and debates with both school management and teachers. This is also the aim of this Special Issue on effective and efficient digital teaching and learning.

We welcome contributions that take up both sides and that include practical or theoretical support for either pedagogical improvements while the resource demands are kept at bay or that reduce the resource demands while at least maintaining the pedagogical quality.


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Olle Bälter is an Associate Professor in Human-Computer Interaction and head of the research group for Technology Enhanced Learning at KTH-Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. He has been running online courses since 2006 and his research interests are technology enhanced learning and interface design. Since his research visit to Stanford University 2015-2016 he has been working in cooperation with Open Learning Initiative to enable more efficient learning.