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Sustainability of smart digitally enhanced learning ecosystems

August 20, 2018
We have published an article that models sustainability issues in digitally enhanced schools. The digital innovation sustainability bottlenecks in schools are related with actuating the organizations as systems, that is influenced by ill-developed feedback loops of data-, learning- and information flows for the purpose of intra-organizational innovation driven transformation as well as for transforming the external socio-technical regime to make it more fit for the innovative schools’ needs.
Sustainability 2018, 10(8), 2672; doi:10.3390/su10082672
Smart, Digitally Enhanced Learning Ecosystems: Bottlenecks to Sustainability in Georgia
Eka Jeladze, Kai Pata

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.