e-Learning Strategy

In 2015, the School of Nursing and Midwifery adopted a new e-Learning strategy which included the adoption of the 3E Framework (Smyth 2011). The 3E Framework based on an Enhance-Extend-Empower continuum was developed, with “illustrative simple-but-effective examples that might be incorporated as a minimum (Enhance), through to uses of technology that give students more responsibility for key aspects of their learning (Extend), and to underpin more sophisticated, authentic activities that reflect the professional environments for which they are preparing (Empower)” (Smyth 2011 p1).

The three broad stages within the 3 E framework continuum are:

  • Enhance: Adopting technology in simple and effective ways to actively support students and increase their activity and self-responsibility.
  • Extend: Further use of technology that facilitates key aspects of student’s individual and collaborative learning and assessment through increasing their choice and control.
  • Empower: Developed use of technology that requires higher order individual and collaborative learning that reflect how knowledge is created and used in professional environments. (Smyth 2011)

Throughout the pre-registration curriculum, in creating the blended learning modules, academic staff will be considering the 3E Framework, and what it generally indicates about the kinds of changes to learning, teaching and assessment practice that can be effectively supported through technology.

In a recent visit, author Keith Smyth gave the school an overview of the framework.  The video is available below.

SMYTH et al., 2011. Benchmark for the use of technology in modules:3E framework designed and developed by Keith Smyth. Edinburgh: Edinburgh Napier University.

Fiona Work, Senior Lecturer
Gavin Innes e-Learning Adviser
Errol Luders e-Learning Adviser


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