Now Published: „Looking Forward …“ (Ebner & Schiefner)

In summer 2008, Martin Ebner and Mandy Schiefner asked  for contributions to their book about the future of technology enhanced education. Oh my god, I thought – who will be able to say something in summer 2008 which will be still not outdated in January  2010?

I looked for studies about the future of technology enhanced learning and their methodologies, and remembered the theory of Debray on how media shifts occured in human’s history. Christina Schwalbe (to be correct, her last name was Ferner in this summer…) and I started to combine our ideas … And now our thoughts should be published within these days –  Our chapter is headlined: „Future Media Adoption in Learning and Teaching: Current Study Design from the Perspective of Cultural Studies“.

The abstract of the chapter:

A lot of effort is put into studies to find more elaborated forecasts of future media adoption in learning and teaching. In this chapter, some methods of futurology, such as the Delphi method or the scenario technique will be sketched. Afterwards, this current study design will be critically considered from the perspective of cultural studies. For this, the terms of media and culture will be introduced and Debray’s approach of mediology and the adaptation on education will be discussed. Through this, we aim to illustrate that the current study designs could be enhanced by a bigger awareness of the insights of the cultural studies and their adaptations for education, the pedagogical media theory. The presented approach does not explicitly deal with the processes of adoption of new educational media systems on a practical level. But pedagogical media theories and studies on cultural and social changes and media provide a basic framework for various specific approaches dealing with the future of technology enhanced learning: Just as we can hardly understand how it feels to live in an oral culture, we are not able to imagine how we will think, act and communicate in the future of the evolving new “mediosphere”.

Our conclusion:

As we have shown within this chapter, current study design on future media adoption struggles from the perspective of pedagogical media theory with the following challenges:

  • The current mediosphere strongly influences the thinking on media, and therefore the thinking of all, including experts in current study design without possibility to reflect this phenomenon.
  • We are still settled and related to a typographic culture of the graphosphere; we have no clear idea on how another (future) mediosphere can and will influence our thinking about media.
  • Finally, we have to be aware of the process of cultural change, probably demanding re-thinking our concepts of “learning” and “teaching”.

A preliminary version is online – Feedback is welcome 🙂

Abstract of the book – additional things as authors and chapter in Martin’s Weblog:

The World Wide Web is changing the way we use technology, bringing e-learning and teaching to a whole new dimension of collaboration and communication. Looking Toward the Future of Technology-Enhanced Education: Ubiquitous Learning and the Digital Native bridges the gap between technology and education by presenting innovative research on the future of education. An essential reference on e-learning, this scholarly publication examines current research in technology enhanced learning, provides new didactic models for education, and discusses the newest technologies and their impact on education.

I am pretty curious about the contributions of the others … 🙂

  • Schaffert, Sandra & Schwalbe, Christina (2010). Future Media Adoption in Learning and Teaching: Current Study Design from the Perspective of Cultural Studies. In: Martin Ebner & Mandy Schiefner (eds.). Looking Toward the Future of Technology Enhanced Education: Ubiquitous Learning and the Digital Native. Hershey: IGI Global, p. 1-11. [to a premliminary version]

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