Centre de recherche interuniversitaire sur la formation et la profession enseignante (CRIFPE)

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DiCerbo, K. E. & Behrens, J. (2014). Impacts of the Digital Ocean on Education. Londres : Pearson.




We are in the midst of a great social shift. Our ability to collect, maintain, and use records of experiences is increasing dramatically each day and for many purposes. When specific goals of data collection present themselves, new technologies are on hand to allow for the collection of complex and ephemeral actions that were difficult, if not impossible to track just a short time ago. This will bring about a revolution in which assessment, teaching, and learning will increasingly make use of authentic and engaging tasks based on simulated environments, social connection, and remote knowledge stores. But, this would only be a technology-enhanced approach to existing constructs. We believe the more compelling story is that the collection of data and the corresponding gains of self-awareness, self-reflection, organisational evolution, and institutional insight are emerging from the bases of our everyday natural activity. Insights are developing from the digital ocean of data that we create in search of rich digital experiences that fulfil our needs for knowledge, fun, and social interaction. It is this fundamental shift from data as the goal of our activity to data as a side effect of our activity that opens new doors to understanding and improving education, and offers the promise of and support for new models of interaction.

Many aspects of the story presented here are aspirational, and some are cautionary. However, they are based on the experiences of educators and learners around the world, who, as digital natives, are moving forward in their embrace of digital technologies, and, who, in a few more years, will be unaware of any shift having taken place at all. For those of us who have emerged from the digital desert, the challenge is to move beyond the understanding of new technology as means to acquire previous ends, and to reinvent our conceptualisations to take advantage of a digital-first, data-first world.




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Adresse civique

Université de Montréal
Faculté des Sciences de l'Éducation
90, avenue Vincent d'Indy
Pavillon Marie-Victorin – C-536
Outremont (Québec) H2V 2S9

Adresse postale

Université de Montréal
Faculté des Sciences de l'Éducation
CRIFPE – C-543
C.P. 6128, succursale Centre-ville
Montréal (Québec) H3C 3J7