Developed by Dr. Liz Kolb in 2011, the triple E framework helps instructors determine how to what extent the technology used in the course is engaging students and helping them achieve learning goals. Triple E stands for Engagement, Enhancement, and Extension components of technology integration.


This component indicates to what extend the technology actively engages students with the content. Technology is well integrated when motivates students to learn and allows them to focus on the task with minimal distraction. Engagement doesn’t only refer to individual students interacting with technology but also advises using technology collaboratively in the learning process.


The integration of technology aims at achieving learning outcomes that were not possible using traditional teaching tools. Technology should enhance learning in a way that allows students to actively participate in the content creation (e.g., ePortfolios), not just consume learning material. It should also enable students to grasp ideas easier by providing solutions to scaffold content; e.g., adaptive release.


The extension component refers to the ways that the use of technology can bridge academics with the real world. In this context, technology should foster the development of student soft skills. It should also provide opportunities for self-paced learning, outside of a typical school day.

Triple E Rubrics

Use the Triple E rubrics to conduct a more detailed analysis of the impact of a digital tool on student learning and engagement and the effectiveness of technology integration in the classroom.

Engage, Enhance, Extend (triple E framework graph)

Engage, Enhance, Extend

Key Takeaways

  • Useful for designing online learning experiences 
  • Bridges academics and real life
  • Factors in self-paced learning 
  • Fosters collaborative learning

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