Developing professional knowledge and expertise in educational technology: legacy, change and investment

Richard Pountney, Herman Schimmel


This editorial reviews the curricular and pedagogical development of the international MSc TELIC programme and the work of the TELIC community since its inception in 2000. This review is used as the site of analysis to map the research undertaken and the professional practice that has emerged. Issues associated with the role, effects and implications of technology in education are examined in the light of this mapping of a professional curriculum. The notions of learning enhancement, innovation and change that are prevalent at this time in professional contexts, and which shape understandings and actions of TELIC professionals, are used to reflect on contributions to this issue and what they indicate about the state of play in the community and beyond. The paper concludes by considering what response we might make to the need for knowledge building in the professional field of educational technology and how to investigate it.


professional knowledge, curriculum; community; technology enhanced learning; innovation; change


Bennett, S, Maton, K, and Kervin, L. (2008). "The ‘digital natives'’ debate: A critical review of evidence." British Journal of Educational Technology, 39, (5): 775–786.

Bernstein, B. (2000) Pedagogy, symbolic control and identity: Theory, research, critique. Lanham, Rowman and Littlefield

Czerniewicz, L. 2010. Educational technology – Mapping the terrain with Bernstein as cartographer, Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 26 (6): 523–34

Davies, J. and Merchant, G. (2014) Digital Literacy and Teacher Education. In P.Benson and A. Chik Popular Culture, Pedagogy and Teacher Education: International Perspectives London: Routledge.

de Vries, B. and Woldinga, S. (2004) An E-learning MSc through E-learning – experiences and learning in an international, collaborative multi-faceted approach, ONLINE EDUCA 6th International Conference on Technology Supported Learning and Training, Berlin, December 2004

Fullan, M. (2001) The New Meaning of Educational Change (3rd edition) New York: Teachers College Press.

Gruszczynska, A. and Pountney, R. (2013) Developing the concept of Digital Literacy in the context of Schools and Teacher Education, Enhancing Learning in the Social Sciences Journal, 5 (1)

Hargreaves, A. (2005) ‘Pushing the boundaries of educational change.’ In A. Hargreaves (ed) Extending Educational Change: International Handbook of Educational Change. New York: Springer.

Howard, S.K. and Maton, K. (2011) Theorising knowledge practices: A missing piece of the educational technology puzzle, Research in Learning Technology 19(3): 191-206.

Hudson, A. and Pountney, R. (2004) Developing on-line communities of learning; personal goals, relationships, and critical incidents, EERA Network 6 Open Learning Contexts, Cultural Diversity, Democracy (OPENnet), ECER 2004 – European Conference on Educational Research, University of Crete, 20-22 September 2004

Hudson, A., Pountney, R. and Woldinga, S. (2005) The role of project studies in developing consultancy and change skills in an e-learning work-based context. EERA Network 6 Open Learning Contexts, Cultural Diversity, Democracy (OPENnet), ECER 2005 – European Conference on Educational Research

Hudson, B. (1999). A social perspective on teaching and learning in the context of computer-mediated communication in teacher education. Technology, Pedagogy and Education, 8 (3): 349 – 360

Hudson, B., Hudson, A., & Steel, J. (2006). Orchestrating interdependence in an international online learning community. British Journal of Educational Technology, 37(5): 733-748.

Hudson, B., Owen, D., & van Veen, K. (2006). Working on educational research methods with Masters students in an international online learning community. British Journal of Educational Technology, 37(4), 577-603.

Kernohan, D. @dkernohan (2015) Anyone need a summary of 11 years of NMC Horizon predictions? Here y' go. [online] tweet posted 15 Jan 2015 12:32 pm -

Lave, J. (1996) Teaching, as Learning, in Practice, Mind, Culture and Activity, 3: 149–164.

Lave, J. & Wenger, E. (1991) Situated Learning: legitimate peripheral participation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Leask, M., & Younie, S. (2013). National models for continuing professional development: the challenges of twenty-first-century knowledge management. Professional development in education, 39(2): 273-287.

Mahmoud, M. (2008). On the ELMAC dissertation output: e-tools research analysis. Unpublished Masters dissertation, Sheffield Hallam University

Naughton, J. (2015) We are ignoring the machine age at our peril, The Guardian Newspaper. Available at:, [online] Accessed 17 May 2015

Oblinger, D., Oblinger, J. & Lippincott, J., 2005. Educating the net generation, Available at: [online] Accessed May 23, 2015.

Owen, D., Hudson, B., & Tervola, T. (2006). Open and flexible learning? An evaluation of student and tutor experiences in a European e‐learning community. Technology, Pedagogy and Education, 15(3): 291-306.

Phelps, C., Heidl, R. and Wadhwa, A., 2012. Knowledge, Networks, and Knowledge Networks: A review and research agenda. Journal of Management, 38(4):1115-116

Prensky, M. (2001) Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants. On the Horizon, 9 (5), 1 – 6. [online] Accessed at:,%20digital%20immigrants%20-%20part1.pdf

Schimmel, H., (2004). How do you know what you know. Schriften der Pedagogischen Akademie des Bundes in Oberösterreich, 24: 111-122.

Schimmel, H., (2013). Knowledge Sharing, Change and Implementation of ICT in Education in a University, Unpublished PhD, Sheffield Hallam University.

White, D.S. and Cornu, A. Le, (2011). Visitors and Residents: A new typology for online engagement. First Monday, 16(9). Available at: [online]. Accessed May14, 2015.

Winch, C. (2014) Know-how and knowledge in the professional curriculum, in M. Young, & J. Muller, (Eds.). Knowledge, Expertise and the Professions. London: Routledge.

Young, M., & Muller, J. (2014). From the sociology of professions to the sociology of professional knowledge in M. Young, & J. Muller, (Eds.). Knowledge, Expertise and the Professions. London: Routledge.

Full Text: PDF


  • There are currently no refbacks.

ISSN (online) 2049-7385
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.