Research in Learning Technology: making friends and influencing people

  • James Brunton School of Psychology, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland; and Department of Financial Accounting, University of South Africa, Dublin, Ireland
  • Liz Bennett School of Education and Professional Development, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, England
  • Louise Drumm Department of Learning and Teaching Enhancement, Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Michael Flavin School of Global Affairs, King’s College London, London, England
  • Sarah Honeychurch Academic and Digital Development, University of Glasgow, Scotland
  • Simon Thomson Office of the President & Vice Chancellor, University of Manchester, Manchester, England
  • Tünde Varga-Atkins Centre for Innovation in Education, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, England
Keywords: Research in Learning Technology, Retrospective, Technology Enhanced Learning, Review, Journal History, Technology


The first issue of Research in Learning Technology (RLT) was published in 1993. Over 30 years, the journal has comprised an informal research and development facility for new ideas and practices in technology enhanced learning. This paper takes nine published articles from RLT: the three most downloaded in the period January 2021 – March 2023 (but published at any time); the three most downloaded articles published from January 2021 to March 2023; and the three most cited articles published from January 2018 to March 2023. The aim is to identify different areas of current interest and influence, different areas of practice, and different scholarly approaches. The authors are the journal’s current editorial team. This paper identifies diversity of technology enhanced learning-related subject matter and different approaches, too, but with ongoing interest in efficacy and in the ‘how’ of technology enhanced learning: how technology can be applied to truly enhance learning, comprising an approachable community, generating influence.


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How to Cite
Brunton J., Bennett L., Drumm L., Flavin M., Honeychurch S., Thomson S., & Varga-Atkins T. (2023). Research in Learning Technology: making friends and influencing people. Research in Learning Technology, 31.
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