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Education in the Digital Age: A Driving Force or a Lost Place

Post-Constructivist Digital Learning Through Ambient Learning Spaces

  • Michael Herczeg

    Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Michael Herczeg is full professor for Human-Computer Systems, Founder and Director of the Institute for Multimedia and Interactive Systems (IMIS) of the University of Lübeck. He is the Presidium Representative for Digitalization in Education and Culture of the University of Lübeck. His main areas of interest are human-computer interaction, software ergonomics, interaction and experience design, multimedia and interactive systems, computer-supported teaching and learning, as well as safety-critical human-machine systems. He is a co-founder Human-Computer-Interaction chapter of the German Informatics Society (GI) and chaired the chapter from 2010 to 2016. Michael Herczeg is a member of ACM and GI and served as an organizer, reviewer, editor, chair and keynote speaker for a large number of conferences and workshops. He is an author of more than 250 publications. To support the knowledge transfer from the academia to practice, he worked as a consultant for industry and government and served on several boards of directors for now more than 25 years.

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Abstract

Teaching and learning using computer systems has a long tradition. This contribution will discuss major challenges and changes of the last 20 years to derive consequences and ideas for the next 20 years. The development of digital educational technologies will be outlined and the deficiencies and potentials of learning with digital systems and environments will be discussed. Finally, a media framework that enables for post-constructivist learning in the 21st century will be presented. The contribution focuses on interactive media in the context of schools, laying the foundation for digital competences for higher education and workplaces.

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Michael Herczeg

Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Michael Herczeg is full professor for Human-Computer Systems, Founder and Director of the Institute for Multimedia and Interactive Systems (IMIS) of the University of Lübeck. He is the Presidium Representative for Digitalization in Education and Culture of the University of Lübeck. His main areas of interest are human-computer interaction, software ergonomics, interaction and experience design, multimedia and interactive systems, computer-supported teaching and learning, as well as safety-critical human-machine systems. He is a co-founder Human-Computer-Interaction chapter of the German Informatics Society (GI) and chaired the chapter from 2010 to 2016. Michael Herczeg is a member of ACM and GI and served as an organizer, reviewer, editor, chair and keynote speaker for a large number of conferences and workshops. He is an author of more than 250 publications. To support the knowledge transfer from the academia to practice, he worked as a consultant for industry and government and served on several boards of directors for now more than 25 years.

Acknowledgment

We developed and evaluated the ALS system within our research initiative “Ambient Learning Spaces” funded as several research and transfer projects by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) from 2009 to 2021. We like to thank all scientists and students contributing creatively to this project during these years. Special thank goes to our school and museum cooperation partners for their continuous support and their permission to evaluate and improve our research and solutions in their real contexts.

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Published Online: 2021-11-27
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