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The educational landscape of the digital age: Communication practices pushing (us) forward

  • Janaina Minelli de Oliveira1Email author,
  • Danah Henriksen2,
  • Linda Castañeda3,
  • Marta Marimon4,
  • Elena Barberà5,
  • Carles Monereo6,
  • César Coll7,
  • Jabari Mahiri8 and
  • Punya Mishra9
International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education201512:12020014

DOI: 10.7238/rusc.v12i2.2440

Received: 15 November 2014

Accepted: 15 February 2015

Published: 15 April 2015

Abstract

This paper identifies trends in the emerging models of knowledge production available in our society. We suggest it is crucial not only to be aware of these emerging models but also to be open to opportunities and possibilities that may still develop. We consider how people may express different levels of solidarity and commitment to these trends and models in their information consumption and distribution processes. We discuss how educators are now engaging in profound pedagogical renewal by expressing deeper levels of solidarity and commitment to knowledge production and educational projects through professional and personal interactions. These interactions are producing pedagogical models that allow both teachers and learners to become knowledgeable while simultaneously breaking away from domain conventions. These bottom-up pedagogies foster creativity, collaboration and the use of new digital tools. They are driven by learner interests and, as such, have the potential to bring the joy back into the learning process. Finally, we argue that emerging models of knowledge construction mediated by ICT provide new cultural landscapes and ecologies of learning that disrupt traditional inscriptions of individual identities and racial-cultural affinities.

Keywords

knowledge production technology learner identity solidarity social practices bottom-up pedagogies