Making Learning a Part of Life in the Digital Age

With the advent of digital technology, many of our old methods of working and learning are being replaced. This is happening both outside as well as inside the classroom. It is evident that a brand new learning model needs to be established. How do we achieve this? It will not only require the creation of digital infrastructures to support learning but will also be necessary to tackle the fundamental issues of what education and learning will be to be in the future.

This article outlines how to make learning part of daily life in the modern era, drawing on contributions from researchers and teachers all over the globe. This article is aimed at learners (including parents and students) teachers and curriculum developers, as well as technology experts and researchers in learning sciences.

There are many opinions on what education in the digital age should be like. However there is a broad agreement that we must encourage the co-evolution of learning and technology for communication. This should include looking at new opportunities for radical different educational concepts and for the creation of new techniques that can be supported by the latest communication technologies.

One of the biggest challenges is that the current use of the latest information technologies for learning remain a form of “gift wrapping” (Fischer 1998). These technologies are used as a complement to existing frameworks, such as instructionism, memorization, a fixed curriculum, and decontextualized learning. A lot of comparative studies rely on an actual classroom setting as a base. This restricts the scope of study to tasks and functions that can only be performed digitally.

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