Learning in the information society

Pedro Isaías (Universidade Aberta, Rua Fernão Lopes, 9, 1‐Esq, 1050‐171 Lisbon, Portugal)
Maggie McPherson (School of Education, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK)

Interactive Technology and Smart Education

ISSN: 1741-5659

Publication date: 1 August 2006


Despite some spectacular e‐learning failures in recent years, e.g. the British government’s “e University”,educational technologies have continued developing and have made advances in several learning paradigms. These new learning paradigms appear as newways to deal with the old traditional learning concepts and philosophies throughout the widespread of technical gadgets and approaches. In fact, the current generation of high school children and young adults are now really familiar with a whole range of devices such as Bluetooth mobiles, digital cameras, and MP3 music players such as the iPod, which has ensured their acceptance of digital technology in a way that their predecessors did not. Research indicates that despite earlier e‐learning setbacks, with the relevant planning, e‐learning partnerships can be successful. Nevertheless, the question as to how teaching and learning can benefit from these new information technologies and environments and how academic staff can keep pace with the ever‐changing technology needs to be addressed.



Isaías, P. and McPherson, M. (2006), "Learning in the information society", Interactive Technology and Smart Education, Vol. 3 No. 3, pp. 171-172. https://doi.org/10.1108/17415650680000061

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