Education and Technology for transformative learning: Cyberculture or Third Culture?

Alexandra Okada, Monday 30 June 2014 |

The International Forum on Education and Technology  was held in Tarragona, Spain on 27 and 28 June. Over 1000 people across the world gathered at the Palau Firal i de Congressos to discuss the role of technology in Education for transformative learning. Several topics were covered during this event: teachers’ digital competence, educational policy for a network society and new learning scenarios in the 21st century.

Prof. Dr. Jabari Mahiri from the University of California, Berkeley,  Dr. Valentí Puig from the Universitat de Barcelona,  Ronda Zelezni-Green from m-Schools GSMA and  Dr. Alexandra Okada from The Open University – UK  were invited as keynotes to discuss transformative education through technology: Cyberculture or Third Culture?

Mahiri and Okada presented together some examples to introduce both concepts: Third Culture(Brockman,1995; Snow, 1959) and  Cyberculture (Levy, Castells). Their examples highlighted how technology has been integrated into our daily lives changing the way we teach and learn in the digital age. New concepts have been emerging such as “learning culture”, which refers to colearners who develop and create new ways of learning with technologies throughout their lives (Hodkinson et al., 2005; Delni, 1998; Okada & Mahiri, 2014).  A key issue for today's education is to investigate how learners can create and disseminate knowledge as well as develop effectively their 21st century competences.