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New educational technologies: do they improve learning?

Carolyn Dowling (Head, School of Business and Informatics, Australian Catholic University, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia)

On the Horizon

ISSN: 1074-8121

Article publication date: 1 March 2003



Is the incorporation of new educational technologies into the teaching/learning process the key to an effective and appropriate education in the twenty‐first century, or is it a knee‐jerk reaction to external pressures that is unlikely to be of lasting benefit to students? This paper explores some of the ways in which technology is changing what, where, when, how, with whom and even why we learn. In situating these changes within a broader context of recent developments in social and workplace practices, the paper argues that engaging with new technologies is essential for educators, not simply in the interests of enhancing and making more relevant the educational experiences of students, but also of revisiting long held assumptions concerning best practice in teaching and learning.



Dowling, C. (2003), "New educational technologies: do they improve learning?", On the Horizon, Vol. 11 No. 1, pp. 14-16.




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