• What benefits and problems are entailed in the increasing reliance on digital media in and outside the classroom?

Ā Reliance of digital media is sparking a continuous flow of information which keeps people inside and outside of the classroom at all times. This includes formal learning documents to major bulletins about school events. However, it has consistently caused a decline in critical thinking and analysis since students expect answers to automatically appear through a simple internet search.

  • Are there risks of moving more and more toward an eLearning focus in curriculum design and delivery or can/must this be integrated in innovative ways so that the ā€˜onlineā€™/ā€˜offlineā€™ distinction isnā€™t really important anymore? Given that most people essentially study ā€˜onlineā€™ most of the time rather than consistently attend lectures and seminars, is the on-campus/off-campus distinction already irrelevant?

Ā One of the greatest risks of moving towards e-learning is the violation of confidentiality and privacy laws over digital equipment. Technology such as computer software makes it easier for hackers to access private student data (McElvoy, 2016). Nonetheless, the distinction between online and offline learning is not viable since each student accesses the information they want at their will, which is one of the benefits of the system.


  • In what ways might emerging technologies such as Google Classroom be used to capture the attention and enhance the motivation of students? What promises and potential pitfalls do such technologies entail? Check out this video!

Technology such as Google Classroom eliminates boring lecturers or teachers thus motivating students to engage in the learning material before them. At the same time, people without ample information technology education will be overwhelmed by the buttons in the software. It may end up becoming stressful and hard to work with.

  • What pros and cons do you see in the personalised online learning offered via systems such as Smart Sparrow? Check out this video!

Personalized online learning has the benefit of reaching a larger audience due to its malleability to factors such as time and language (Davis, Ambrose and Orand, 2017). Alternatively, the instructor receives the entire work load from the students and is depended upon to learn the system such as ā€˜Smart Sparrowā€™. It may eventually wear them out since they invest their time communicating to each student.


  • Is kindergarten too early to implement learning management systems that can facilitate daily progress updates to parents (itā€™s already happening in some contexts by the way)? Check out this video!

Kindergarten is the perfect stage to implement learning management systems. Just as face-to-face classes were made common from a young age, innovative and new learning systems can be integrated quite easily. This makes it easier with the student to cope with the future by making use of their early years.


  • How does surveillance come into play with new online educational tools?

Online educational tools often combine a large number of students, requiring efficient surveillance to ensure that the correct student is logging in. Moreover, surveillance maintains accountability in doing examinations. Finally, dependable surveillance ensures that the private information of the student remains that way.


  • What is the role of gamification and ā€˜serious gamesā€™ in motivating students to learn in an era that has seen an acute ā€˜crisis of engagementā€™?

Games often pull in the player and enhance their learning capabilities in different ways. Scientists have pointed to gamification or ā€˜serious gamesā€™ as a resourceful way to sharpen the studentā€™s ability to make quick rational choices (Wolpert, 2009). This can be especially helpful in an examination with a limited time frame.



  • What are the ongoing problems imposed in different contexts by the digital divide?

The digital divide defines the lack of access to ICT due to financial strain in the world and combines contexts such as households, geographic areas and businesses. It is a reality that introduces a gap in the learning generation since poor people will not be able to learn effectively or keep up with the world due to the lack of money to purchase digital gadgets. Therefore, only children belonging to high class members in the society will have the opportunity of landing a decent job in the field.

  • What knowledge and strategies must teachers develop to negotiate the complex issues of cyberbullying, so-called ā€˜sextingā€™, and the pervasive use of online/social media for information and entertainment?


Teachers need to be pro-active in handling a vital matter such as cyber bullying by breaking stereotypes in school. This step is achievable through educating students on how to use technology ethically. Moreover, sexting and using the internet for entertainment purposes can be counteracted by a control of the websites that teachers allow when the students are in school and constant sensitization on the dangers of such activities (McElvoy, 2016). With efficient deterrents, cyber bullying and sexting can be relatively minimized.


  • Why is the concept of the ā€˜life-long learnerā€™ now so crucial ā€“ and not only for students?

Technology is constantly evolving with new and innovative methods of doing business coming up each day. A concept that was taught in class may become defunct in 5 years; therefore, the lifelong learner is a habit that needs to be ingrained in students as it benefits them in remaining relevant. Constant learning and updating on information ensures that modern day learners are not left behind in the wave of change.

Final Questions

1. The Media Studies 2.0 style of learning is practical and fun, since it constantly engages the student in the necessary learning material. Additionally, since it encourages learners to connect and share, it becomes crucial to future relationships not only in the learning field, but as well in the working world.

2. This unit has made me consider the dangers of digital media culture and take a more careful step when sharing my private data online. However, it has also ingrained in me the spirit of learning due to the ease and practicability of the systems I have learnt. These systems represent the future of learning.

3. Teaching using videos and podcasts spares the lecturerā€™s time and strength (McElvoy, 2016). They are also able to reach a wider student audience, making a significant impact on learning. However, the system may be affected by a virus or malware which influences its ability to target its student audience. I prefer the method of using videos and podcasts because it may be recorded and easier to use for future revision purposes. Through this method, attention is gained while privacy may just as easily be lost.

4. I will continue to use digital media sites such as YouTube and Twitter due to the access to information the y present. Similarly, I might open a LinkedIn account and a Sound Cloud podcast too in order to increase my breadth of knowledge.

5. I want to possess a strong online identity that indulges and engages in healthy, resourceful material. I plan on doing this through constantly checking my ethical use of the systems in my hand and sharing private information only to credible sources.


Davis, K., Ambrose, A. and Orand, M. (2017). Identity and agency in school and afterschool

settings: Investigating digital mediaā€™s supporting role – Digital Culture & Education.

[online] Digitalcultureandeducation.com. Available at: http://www.digitalcultureandeducation.com/volume-9/davis/ [Accessed 28 May 2017].

McElvoy, A. (2016). The Economist asks: Is ed tech transforming education?. [online]

Economist.com. Available at:

http://www.economist.com/news/international/21690125-anne-mcelvoy-world-economic-forum-explores-whether-technology-changing-how-world?fsrc=scn/tw_ec/the_economist_asks_is_ed_tech_transforming_education_ [Accessed 28 May 2017].

Wolpert, S. (2009). IsĀ technologyĀ producingĀ aĀ declineĀ in critical thinking andĀ analysis?.

[online] UCLA Newsroom. Available at: http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/is-technology-producing-a-decline-79127 [Accessed 28 May 2017].


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