STELLAR, the European Network of Excellence in Technology Enhanced Learning, was set up to provide a strategic direction for Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) research that explicitly relates to improving learning and educational systems.
A related aim was to reduce disciplinary fragmentation by promoting the integration of key European research teams. STELLAR addressed these aims by:
• producing a set of visionary Grand Challenge Problems in TEL, whose solution will bring long-term benefits to society through enhancing learning and educational systems and
• developing a framework that explicitly recognises that it is out of the tensions and conflicts between different disciplinary perspectives that innovative approaches and solutions to problems arise. This turns around the ‘negative’ idea of fragmentation by acknowledging the importance of difference, whilst at the same time recognising that leadership plays a key role in promoting interdisciplinary research.
As a Network we have exploited the potential of Web 2.0 technologies to work as an integrated scientific community. We have looked beyond the research community to solicit the views, knowledge, feedback and visions of key stakeholders in TEL and connected with policy makers to provide a strategic direction and vision for Technology Enhanced Learning.
-- Ros Sutherland, Sarah Eagle, and Marie Joubert