This report by Lopes & Dion (2015) draws conclusions on research projects related to technology-enhanced instruction funded by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario. The report is available online at: http://www.heqco.ca/SiteCollectionDocuments/Technology@Issue.pdf .
Best practices identified in their review of the projects include:
1. Instructors looking to enhance student learning through the use of new technologies should ensure that students are given the required time to become familiar with the technology before it can contribute to their learning.
2. The challenges that students face navigating new technologies can be compounded when instructors run into technical difficulties. For those reasons, instructors and teaching assistants should also be trained on the use and implementation of technology.
3. The simple presence of technology will rarely enhance a classroom. Instead, some thought has to go into integrating it effectively. Technology should be integrated fully and consistently in a manner that is relevant to students and that convinces them of the potential value it holds for their learning experience.
4. Closely related to the point above, new technologies should be implemented not for their own sake but with a specific goal or learning outcome in mind. The integration of the technology should facilitate the pursuit of this goal.
Citation: Lopes, V., & Dion, N. (2015). Pitfalls and Potential: Lessons from HEQCO-Funded Research on Technology-Enhanced Instruction. Toronto: Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario.