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Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL)

The development of knowledge and skills through the use of information and communication technologies to support interactions for learning with content, learning activities and with other people

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TEL Projects

The Academic Innovation Fund has supported the creation, implementation and evaluation of a number of eLearning projects. Projects are showcased on the Academic Innovation Fund website.

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eLearning Resources

York University provides a wealth of resources to assist educators in developing and implementing eLearning projects. A complete list of resources can be found on The Teaching Commons website, including B.O.L.D., the blended online development site.

A common language for Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL)

Descriptive terms and a common language were developed to identify eLearning strategies and facilitate conversations about the range of possibilities for innovative use of technology in teaching and learning.

A Common Language for Modes of Delivery at York document was recently developed by a Steering Committee led by the Office of the Associate Vice-President, Teaching and Learning to update the terminology used to describe technology-enhanced course delivery, which has changed as a result of the pandemic. Remote teaching and learning (REMT) was a term used for remote course delivery during the pandemic, for example, and has since gone out of use.  Two new modes of learning have emerged, including Hyflex (HYFX) and Online with Campus-based Assessment (ONCA). See Decision-Making for Program Modes of Delivery for a guide on the decision-making process for choosing modes of delivery at a program level.

The Common Language for Modes of Delivery at York functions as:

  • A standalone common language document for technology-enabled modes of learning across the university.
  • A resource that minimizes the need for specific and custom notes about what technology is being used in course published descriptions.
  • A document that is being included in university-wide consultations and discussions about the future of teaching and learning.

Technology-Enabled Modes of Delivery

Students do not physically attend classes, which are not scheduled. All lectures and course activities are delivered virtually. The student may be required to come to campus (or another location) to write tests or exams.

Course directors may create opportunities for students to come to campus but attendance is not mandatory.

Scheduled classes are virtual but assessment is in-person, with students required to come to campus no more than three times during the semester in this mode.

Scheduled classes occur both virtually and in-person. Schedule and location are clarified in notes or systematized in other ways.

Scheduled classes occur virtually and in-person in hyflex-enabled spaces. Students choose their mode and change at will. This mode of delivery may also include an option for students to participate without attending scheduled classes.

In the blended mode, also known as ‘hybrid’, class time is a combination of face-to-face and online delivery.

Face-to-face instruction is replaced by online instruction for one third of the course, while one third of the course is delivered face-to-face. The remaining third may be any combination of online or face-to-face.

Total course contact hours will remain the same as a traditional face-to-face course.

Scheduled classes happen in person. LECT In-Person Scheduled classes or In-Person Regular LECT courses may also be directly associated with small group modes of learning (e.g. TUTR, SEMR, LAB).

eLearning historic milestones

eLearning at York: Baseline Survey

A baseline survey conducted in 2011-12 provides insight into the extent to which eLearning has been used across the continuum from web-enhanced to blended learning to fully online

York University's eLearning mandate

The University Academic Plan (2010) refers to the need to demonstrate our commitment to academic quality, student success and engagement and outreach in relation to teaching and learning by “supporting innovative and flexible curriculum delivery through online and hybrid [blended] courses, as well as other elements of technology enhanced learning” (UAP, 2010: 8).



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