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Digital Technology for Learning

Frameworks, Approaches and Theories
plus a Blended Learning Toolbox

This collection was created by AlphaPlus and is for literacy practitioners interested in creating technology-rich learning environments.

You will find frameworks, approaches and theoretical foundations on these pages to inform your planning, designing and decision-making. This site is for planning for curriculum design and professional learning. If you work in an Ontario Literacy and Basic Skills program and want help in planning a technology rich learning environment or professional learning for instructors and designers, contact us at AlphaPlus.

Table of Contents

  • How is the learning landscape changing?

  • Learner expectations are changing

  • New pedagogies are emerging

  • Adult educators are responding

How do 21st century people use technology at home, in the community and at work?

Frameworks that represent ideas for understanding how people are expected to leverage their uses of networks and digital technology to effectively participate in a variety of aspects of 21st century life.

        • Digital literacies in practice: An anatomy of 21st Century People

        • Digital equity digital skills framework from Seattle

        • Digital literacies for learning / learning digital literacies (from Digital Literacies - EAL Teachers' Guide)

        • A digital-literacy roadmap

        • Thinking through what digital literacy might be:

          • JISC Guide to Developing Digital Literacies

          • Teaching and Learning in Irish Higher Education: A Roadmap for Enhancement in a Digital World 2015-2017

          • Towards a National Digital Skills Framework for Irish Higher Education - All Aboard! Enabling & Empowering Staff & Students to Flourish in the Digital Age

          • All Aboard: Digital Skills in Higher Education

          • The Government of British Columbia Defines Digital Literacy

          • Higher Education Academy: Digital Literacies

What is the role of networks in 21st Century learning?

Theories of how we learn using digital technology by developing, sustaining and curating networks.

  • Digital Promise: Our Approach

  • Connectivism

  • Paragogy and Heutagogy

  • Community of Inquiry (Athabasca College)

  • Flexible Learning (University of British Columbia)

    • A pedagogical approach to networked learning.

  • How do educators combine their knowledge of technology for learning with content knowledge and their understanding of pedagogy and methodology?

What knowledge do 21st Century educators need?

  • Anatomy of 21st Century Educators

  • ISTE Standards for Educators

  • TPACK - Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge

Teachers talk about how their role changes in technology-enhanced learning environments.

How is teaching changing in the 21st Century?

      • Ontario LBS Practitioner Quote

      • From Knowledgeable to Knowledge-Able

      • Are You Innovating or Simply Changing? 6 Essential Considerations

      • Why Good Classes Fail

      • SAMR Model

      • LoTI Framework

Teachers talk about taking on the role of technologist in the classroom.

Resources to support us in our role as curators.

Frameworks for Evaluating Resources

      • CRAP Test

      • CRAAP Test

      • Western University Rubric

  • Frameworks and resources to help educators decide how to use digital technology for different learning outcomes and different learning experiences.

What are the digital literacy skills, attributes and capacities need to be addressed in curriculum design ? How can learning environments support learners leverage the use of networks and technology to enhance their learning, work and community life?

Frameworks that represent ideas for planning technology-rich learning environments and blended learning curriculums that meet the digital literacy needs.

  • A blended learning framework - ISTE Standards for Students

  • A computer basics framework - Northstar Digital Literacy Framework

  • A computer basics / blended learning framework - Maryland Department of Labor Digital Literacy Framework for Adult Learners

        • Technology Integration Matrix

        • Triple E Framework

      • SAMR Model

      • LoTI Framework

        • Bloom's Taxonomy and SAMR

        • H.E.A.T.

  • Do you use reflective practice strategies in your planning process? This link will take you to an AlphaPlus Google site about reflective practice.


eLearning definitions and terms: Computer Hope Glossary