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A tale of two studies: TEL research and the theory-practice nexus

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A tale of two studies : TEL research and the theory-practice nexus. / McDowell, Julia; McDowell, James.

In: Studies in Technology Enhanced Learning, Vol. 1, No. 1, 25.06.2020.

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McDowell, Julia ; McDowell, James. / A tale of two studies : TEL research and the theory-practice nexus. In: Studies in Technology Enhanced Learning. 2020 ; Vol. 1, No. 1.

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