The rapid emergence of ICT during recent decades is contributing to substantial changes in workplaces, including how new knowledge is created, how information is accessed, how connectivity provides new potential for educational interaction, and how people learn, think and create.
During this period of rapid technological change, education systems throughout the world and at all levels of learning have embarked upon initiatives aimed at obtaining improved learning outcomes.
Research to date has strongly suggested that there is a set of inter-related factors that require extensive further investigation to ensure the effective application of ICTs in learning. Those factors include infrastructure, strategic planning, curriculum and professional development and training. A re-appraisal of the purposes of schooling encompassing research into new technologies and ICTs, curriculum, pedagogy and assessment, and the organisation of schooling is required.
The Digital Learning Research Network (DLRN) is working to further this research and expand our current understanding of this emergent and exciting field of research.