Spread and scale in the digital age: A conceptual framework

Cynthia E. Coburn, Jennifer M. Higgs, Richard Paquin Morel, Amy Koehler Catterson

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Abstract

Funders, policymakers, and designers are increasingly interested in spreading new instructional approaches to larger numbers of learners in school and non-school contexts. This paper presents a conceptual framework for research on spread and scale in a digital age that accounts for the interactions among environments, organizations, individuals, and educational innovations. Most existing scholarship on scale-up comes from the pre-digital age. Digital technologies often reimagine how learning occurs, requiring new capacities for adults who use them with children and new pathways for scale-up. Drawing on interviews, case studies, and a comprehensive literature review on scale in education and other fields, the framework provides guidance for designers who seek to spread and scale digital learning innovations and for researchers who seek to study these processes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences
Subtitle of host publicationThe Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2020 - Conference Proceedings
EditorsMelissa Gresalfi, Ilana Seidel Horn
PublisherInternational Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Pages2507-2514
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781732467293
StatePublished - 2020
Event14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: The Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2020 - Nashville, United States
Duration: Jun 19 2020Jun 23 2020

Publication series

NameComputer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference, CSCL
Volume5
ISSN (Print)1573-4552

Conference

Conference14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: The Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNashville
Period6/19/206/23/20

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Education

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