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Smart, Digitally Enhanced Learning Ecosystems: Bottlenecks to Sustainability in Georgia

Eka Jeladze () and Kai Pata ()
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Eka Jeladze: School of Digital Technologies, Tallinn University, 10120 Tallinn, Estonia
Kai Pata: School of Digital Technologies, Tallinn University, 10120 Tallinn, Estonia

Sustainability, 2018, vol. 10, issue 8, 1-19

Abstract: This paper stems from the need to identify the sustainability bottlenecks in schools’ digital transformation. We developed the conceptual model of the smart, digitally enhanced learning ecosystem to map transformation processes. We posit that the notion of sustainability is central to conceptualize learning ecosystems’ smartness. The paper presents the mapping results of Georgian public schools’ data using the interviews from 62 schoolteachers, ICT managers, and school principles. The qualitative content analysis revealed that even the schools with comparative digital maturity level could not be considered as smart learning ecosystems that are transforming sustainably. The findings call for the design of technology integration in the school as a dynamic transformation that balances two sustainability intentions—to stabilize the current learning ecosystem with its present needs, while not compromising its pursuit to test out possible future states and development towards them. We suggest schools build on the inclusion of different stakeholders in digital transformation; nourishing their resilience to ruptured situations; widening the development, testing, and uptake of digitally enhanced learning activities; weaving internal networks for sharing new practices; conducting outreach to change the socio-technical landscape; and developing feedback loops from learning, data, and information flows to manage the changes.

Keywords: school transformation; sustainability; smart ecosystem; digitally enhanced learning environment; change management (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 O13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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