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Towards a comprehensive perspective to making learning a part of life: a response to Fischer et al.'s contribution

Chee-Kit Looi (Centre for Research and Development in Learning, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Singapore)

International Journal of Information and Learning Technology

ISSN: 2056-4880

Article publication date: 29 November 2022

Issue publication date: 11 January 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

This response paper aims to comment on specific aspects of the position paper.

Design/methodology/approach

In this paper, the author presents a response to Fischer et al.'s contribution on “The Challenge for the Digital Age: Making Learning a Part of Life.” While imperatives and narratives of learning in the future have been well articulated in the literature, their paper provides insights into lifelong learning in the digital age.

Findings

The author raises comments on the comprehensiveness of the lifelong learning perspectives and the calls to action. Over the years, with multiyear efforts on the research-based evolution of the design, implementation and adoption of technology-supported learning environments in some parts of the world, the author believes well-researched innovative pedagogy and design principles have already to some extent impacted transformation of learning and teaching in normal schools. By referring to the work in the running of a model school in Taiwan, the author demonstrate some of the pathways that can guide innovation and work towards operationalizing a futuristic vision that is resonant with the one painted in the paper. The paper will end with some comments on how narratives on the future of learning will evolve.

Originality/value

In trying to understand the lens that the vision would bring to learning on the digital edge, the author has provided commentaries to probe into the comprehensiveness of their vision of future learning. From an Asian perspective, the author describes one effort that can help make progress in moving towards this vision. It involves realizing the vision by grounding our designs in real experiments or instantiations, such as the interest-driven creator (IDC) experimental school in Taiwan, and highlight past research efforts which have been successful in transformation of classrooms and schools such as developing seamless learning for connecting learning in different spaces afforded by mobile digital devices.

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Citation

Looi, C.-K. (2023), "Towards a comprehensive perspective to making learning a part of life: a response to Fischer et al.'s contribution", International Journal of Information and Learning Technology, Vol. 40 No. 1, pp. 31-39. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJILT-06-2022-0130

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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