Instructional Science

, Volume 43, Issue 2, pp 283–307 | Cite as

A fingerprint pattern of supports for teachers’ designing of technology-enhanced learning

  • Vanessa SvihlaEmail author
  • Richard Reeve
  • Ornit Sagy
  • Yael Kali


Teachers often find themselves in a position in which they need to adapt technology-enhanced materials to meet the needs of their students. As new technologies—especially those not specifically designed for learning—find their way into schools, teachers need to be able to design learning experiences that use these new technologies in their local contexts. We leverage previous work and new analyses of three cases in this area to identify a ‘fingerprint pattern’ of supports for teachers’ designing, investigating research questions: (1) What are common constructs that can be identified as the ‘fingerprint pattern’ of formal programs aimed at supporting teachers as designers of technology-enhanced learning? (2) What types of learning can such programs support? Although design work was diverse, all studies involved technology as a support for teacher learning and design work, and as a component of their designs for learning. Across studies, our supports involved modeling practice, supporting dialogue, scaffolding design process, and design for real-world use. We view these constructs as a ‘fingerprint pattern’ of design courses. Together, these supported teachers’ deeper understanding and adoption of new pedagogical approaches and inclination to adopt a teacher-as-designer professional identity.


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The first author would like to acknowledge support provided by an Interdisciplinary Research Grant from the College of Education in cooperation with the Office of the Provost, University of New Mexico. The second author wishes to acknowledge support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada through an ‘‘Initiative on the New Economy’’ Grant (512-2002-1016). The third and fourth authors acknowledge support from the I-CORE Program of the Planning and Budgeting Committee and The Israel Science Foundation Grant 1716/12. All authors would like to especially thank the teachers and students who participated in this study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vanessa Svihla
    • 1
    Email author
  • Richard Reeve
    • 2
  • Ornit Sagy
    • 3
  • Yael Kali
    • 3
  1. 1.University of New MexicoAlbuquerqueUSA
  2. 2.Queen’s UniversityKingstonCanada
  3. 3.University of HaifaHaifaIsrael

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