Research into Digital Learning

Find up to date research papers and discussion amongst academics and educators at DERN (Digital Education Research Network)
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"DERN is managed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) in Melbourne, Australia.
DERN is a network of experts, leaders, researchers and colleagues interested in educational research into the use of digital technologies. Users of DERN may be experts in ICT, media, pedagogy, emerging technologies and related areas and are probably well briefed in the area of elearning research, as well as scholars seeking details about what research has been done, possibly for their own research purposes.
DERN focusses mainly on Australian research although not exclusively. It is not focussed on teaching and learning per se but is looking for robust research evidence of good educational practices. You can expect to see references to research into teaching and learning using information and communication technologies (ICT) in education.
The specific research focusses of DERN are about teaching strategies, pedagogy and student achievement using ICT in learning disciplines such as English language, mathematics, science, history, languages, art and more. The use of digital assessment is of special interest to DERN. In time, these research focusses may be expanded." About DERN

The Horizon Project
"The New Media Consortium (NMC) is an international not-for-profit consortium of learning-focused organizations dedicated to the exploration and use of new media and new technologies. Its hundreds of member institutions constitute an elite list of the most highly regarded colleges and universities in the world, as well as leading museums, key research centers, and some of the world's most forward-thinking companies. For more than 15 years, the consortium and its members have dedicated themselves to exploring and developing potential applications of emerging technologies for learning, research, and creative inquiry. The consortium's Horizon Reports are regarded worldwide as the most timely and authoritative sources of information on new and emerging technologies available to education anywhere." About the NMC

Pew Internet and American Life Project
"The Pew Internet & American Life Project is one of seven projects that make up the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan, nonprofit "fact tank" that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. The Project produces reports exploring the impact of the internet on families, communities, work and home, daily life, education, health care, and civic and political life." About us


ATC21S -Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills
White papers have been produced for this project, and recommendations are due regarding research, classroom assessment tools and guidance to help educators and policy-makers build the future of education.

"This is an international project with team members drawn from many countries. The products of the work will provide:
  • clear, operational definitions of 21st century skills
  • solutions to technical psychometric problems that confront those seeking to develop tests of these skills
  • strategies for delivering assessments using ICT
  • classroom-based strategies for helping students develop the skills.
The project will develop and test innovative assessment tasks as prototypes for use in the classroom. The prototypes and their allied strategies will be in the public domain and able to be used freely by others in development of assessment tasks or tests." About ATC21S