—The introduction of new digital technologies and
related media is profoundly redesigning our living and learning.
The portion of society that commonly first adapts to the “new”
is the young, as they incline to be most open to new experiences.
The 19th-Century vision of education that takes place at a single
institution, a single classroom, and at a specific time is becoming
outdated. Education has to shift to learning that occurs
anyplace and anytime, which is what most students are now
doing on their own. Today, students acquire knowledge in ways
that are self-directed, and involve both peers and adults. Digital
media allow students to learn from each other in informal
situations, making learning in and out of school "increasingly
porous," therefore the educational institutions have a problem,
because they compete with learning that takes place in
recreational space and is more fluid.
—Blended learning, social media, smart phones,
informal education, obsolete education.
Mladen Milicevic is with the Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles,
USA (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; tel.: +1-310-989-8867).
Cite: Mladen Milicevic, " Contemporary Education and Digital Technologies," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 5, no. 7, pp. 656-659, 2015.