Sustainability and Scalability in Educational Technology Initiatives: Research-Informed Practice

Dale S. Niederhauser*, Sarah K. Howard, Joke Voogt, Douglas D. Agyei, Therese Laferriere, Jo Tondeur, Margaret J. Cox

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Although a positive impact of technology interventions on educational practice and student outcomes has been shown in many previous research settings, the use of technology in classrooms and schools is still often superficial and not meeting the potential of technology as envisioned by education reformers and researchers in the field. However, when technology projects have been implemented successfully in educational practice and shown valuable impacts, sustainability within similar contexts is not guaranteed—let alone scaling the initiative to other broader contexts. This article builds on the discussions of the EDUsummIT 2017 Thematic Working Group 9 (TWG9) and the summary report that captured the outcome of those discussions. The goal of TWG9 was to help inform policy and practice by providing insights into key factors that contribute to scalability and sustainability of educational technology integration and impact.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)507-523
Number of pages17
JournalTechnology, Knowledge and Learning
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018


  • Cases
  • Scalability
  • Sustainability
  • Technology integration


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