“We tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run.” Roy Amara. Therefore we may predict or at least get an idea on what will happen next by closely following the technology development and by having a active role in it. The design and development of digital tools for learning or tools in general that are adapted to teaching and learning is not unproblematic. The three mega trends in technology; (1) Internet-based networks, (2) growing computing capacity and (3) automatization and robotics are providing new pedagogical and societal opportunities but also new challenges. The most interesting research themes related to the digital learning tools are the future of formal and informal learning, virtual social environments and analytics and adaptation. Working with the themes as a design researcher and designer one should be highly aware of the possible ethical issues related to these. To analyze the impact, positive and negative, we can use so called McLuhan’s Laws of Media, four questions we present to new media / tools.
The slides are from the teaching demonstration 20.9.2016. A lecture and exercise designed for the DOM-E5024 Introduction to Media Art and Culture course.