Accommodating the Newfound Strategic Importance of Educational Technologists within Higher Education: A Critical Literature Review

  title={Accommodating the Newfound Strategic Importance of Educational Technologists within Higher Education: A Critical Literature Review},
  author={Simon Shurville and Tom Browne and Marian Whitaker},
  journal={Campus-wide Information Systems},
Purpose – Educational technologists make significant contributions to the development, organisational embedding and service provision of technology‐enhanced learning (TEL) environments, which are key enablers for mass access to flexible higher education (HE). Given the increasing centrality of this role, it is advocated that institutions investigate sustainable career structures for educational technologists. This paper aims to address these issues.Design/methodology/approach – The arguments… Expand
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