An Evaluation of e-Learning in Eastern and Western Europe

Tony Toole, Tamuna Khetaguri, Mzia Zangaladze


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David in Wales has been collaborating with colleagues in Georgian State Universities to evaluate current levels of Technology Enhanced Learning usage by staff and students in each institution. The objective was to create an informed picture of the future trajectory of TEL innovation for planning purposes across both regions.

This case study describes how detailed surveys of TEL usage by University staff and students were carried out in both Georgia and in Wales. The overall picture in both regions is that this is an important and rapidly developing area of educational innovation that is as much driven by staff and student adoption of emerging technologies as it is by institutional provision.

Both staff and students are increasingly using their own devices to engage with teaching and learning. A further trend is the use of social media and online cloud based resources for communications and access to online learning materials. This information is now being used in the formation of new TEL strategies across the institutions.


e-learning; pedagogic innovation; online delivery; Higher Education; European collaboration

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