How the Key-Challenge in Digital Education Is Not Primarily About Technology, but the Digital Scaffolding of Social Spaces and Self

Picture Credit: Flickr/Stanford Center for Internet and Society, CC BY-NC-SA Looking for a deeper understanding The effect of digital media on learning is the pervasive power behind the current revolution in education. Ranging from Open Educational Resources (OER) to Blended Learning Models, media profoundly transform key topics of education. Subjects such as media literacy, media education, media pedagogy, the acquisition of digital competences, the digital divide, media socialization, and e-learning, among many others, dominate educational…
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Why are computers still so dull? Where are the thinking machines we have been promised?

Above: Scene from the movie ‘Chappie’ (2015), directed by Neill Blomkamp One of the most famous artificial intelligence (AI) entities in modern popular culture was arguably the HAL 9000 computer in the modern classic ‘2001- A Space Odyssey’; the insider joke being that when we shift all letters by one to the right in the alphabet, ‘HAL’ reads ‘IBM’. While HAL was creepy and evil, viciously attempting to kill the spaceship’s crew, we have in the meantime…
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The Advent of Online Education (Part II)

The following entry has been inspired by my participation in ‘Effective Online Tutoring’ with Oxford University. Part I explored current trends in online education and its pedagogical implications. The second part explores the psychology behind online learning. A PDF-version of this post is available at The Advent of Online Education, Joana Stella Kompa – Part 2 1. An Introduction to Gilly Salmon’s 5-Stage Model 2. A Note on PBLonline: E-moderating versus e-tutoring 3. Typical Anxieties and…
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