Role of instructional technology in the transformation of higher education

  • D. R. Garrison
  • Zehra Akyol


It is argued in this article that the convergence of collaborative constructivist ideas and emerging instructional technologies are transforming higher education. The article begins with an overview of instructional and communications technology and how this technology is being used in the service of either sustaining or transforming teaching and learning in higher education. Next, the idea of collaborative constructivist approaches to teaching and learning are explored and the case for a guiding framework is made. The Community of Inquiry framework is briefly described and assessed from a theoretical and practical level. Finally, the discussion turns to the nature and importance of institutional leadership if instructional technologies are to transform the quality of the teaching and learning experience in higher education.


Collaborative constructivism Collaborative leadership Community of inquiry Instructional technology Teaching presence Cognitive presence Social presence Web 2.0 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Teaching & Learning CentreBiological Sciences Bldg, Room 539B University of CalgaryCalgaryCanada
  2. 2.Computer Education & Instructional TechnologyMiddle East Technical UniversityAnkaraTurkey

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