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Exploring the implications, challenges and potential of new media and learning

Maree Conway (Director at Thinking Futures, Victoria, Australia)

On the Horizon

ISSN: 1074-8121

Article publication date: 27 September 2011




This viewpoint paper aims to provide an overview of this special issue of On The Horizon on new media and learning. An integral framework which can be used to inform thinking about factors to consider when integrating new media into existing learning approaches is also discussed.


The paper highlights the messages emerging from the papers in this issue, and places those messages in the context of an integral framework that can be used when considering how to integrate new media into existing learning approaches.


Higher education is in transition, from the traditional model of learning to a new, socially mediated model. The exact form and nature of that model are as yet unclear, and can be shaped now if people are able to change the way they think and move beyond current assumptions about the “right way” to teach and the “best way” to learn.

Practical implications

The integral framework presented in this paper provides a holistic approach for both individual staff and institutions to explore how to integrate new media into learning today.


The application of an integral approach to learning and new media provides the originality for this paper.



Conway, M. (2011), "Exploring the implications, challenges and potential of new media and learning", On the Horizon, Vol. 19 No. 4, pp. 245-252.



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