UCISA has been surveying the sector on the application of technology enhanced learning (TEL) in our institutions for over eighteen years.
The changing language of past Surveys neatly reflects the evolving development of support provision for TEL tools across the sector. From an initial focus on Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and Managed Learning Environment (MLE) platforms (2001 and 2003 Surveys respectively), the Survey broadened its focus to take account of e-learning (2005) and then a much wider coverage of technology enhanced learning tools (2008, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016). For the 2018 Survey, this focus was retained, but an attempt was made to update questions and response options to capture new realities in TEL support and provision across the UK higher education sector. At the same time the questionnaire was restructured, with a concerted effort made to reduce the number of questions; the aim being to reduce the burden on respondents.
The Survey was conducted by UCISA, through the work of Richard Walker (University of York), Julie Voce (City, University of London), Martin Jenkins (Coventry University), Melanie Barrand (University of Leeds), Laura Hollinshead (University of Derby), Adam Craik (University of Hull), Farzana Latif (University of Sheffield), Sarah Sherman (Bloomsbury Learning Environment) and Vicky Brown (University of Northampton). Support was provided by UCISA’s Digital Education Group and, in particular, from Fiona Strawbridge (University College London) who edited the report. The project team worked in collaboration with The Research Partnership (an independent survey organisation) who oversaw management of the project alongside the survey implementation.