14 Resources

Below are a few readings that can inform our thinking on learning in the digital age. Inclusion below does not mean an endorsement or agreeing with the views of the authors. Rather it is simply to show the different debates and arguments around the topic.


Additional Readings

What do we need/want to know about digital learning?

  • Bates, A. W. (2015). Fundamental change in education. In. A.W. Bates ‘Teaching in a digital age’, open.bccampus.ca, [online] Available at: http://opentextbc.ca/teachinginadigitalage/ – Chapter 1
  • Spector, J. M., &  Kinshuk, P (2011). Learning to Solve Problems in the Digital Age: Introduction. In D.  Ifenthaler, J. M.  Spector, P. Isaias, P., J.M. Spector, Kinshuk, and D. Sampson (eds.), Multiple perspectives on problem solving and learning in the digital age (pp. 1-8). Springer New York.
  • Ifenthaler, D. (2010). Learning and instruction in the digital age. In J.M. Spector, D.  Ifenthaler, P. Isaias, P., Kinshuk, D. Sampson (eds.), Learning and Instruction in the Digital Age (pp. 3-10). Springer US.

What is different about learners in a digital age?

  • Prensky, M. (2001), “Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants Part 1”, On the Horizon, 9(5), pp. 1-6. https://doi.org/10.1108/10748120110424816
  • Bullen, M., & Morgan, T. (2016). Digital learners not digital natives. La Cuestión Universitaria, (7), 60-68.
  • Asino, T. I., Young, P. A. & Peck, K. L. (2015). Positing the Future. TechTrends, 59(1), 20 – 29
  • Prensky, M. (2001), “Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants Part 2: Do They Really Think Differently?”, On the Horizon, 9(6), pp. 1-6. https://doi.org/10.1108/10748120110424843
  • Bennett, S., Maton, K. and Kervin, L. (2008), The ‘digital natives’ debate: A critical review of the evidence. British Journal of Educational Technology, 39: 775–786.
  • Bennett, S. & Maton, K. (2010). Beyond the ‘digital natives’ debate: Towards a more nuanced understanding of students’ technology experiences. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 26. 321-331.
  • Thompson, P. (2013). The digital natives as learners: Technology use patterns and approaches to learning. Computers & Education, 65, 12-33.
  • Ball, C., Francis, J., Huang, K. T., Kadylak, T., Cotten, S. R., & Rikard, R. V. (2017). The physical-digital divide: Exploring the social gap between digital natives and physical natives. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 0733464817732518
  • Judd, T. (2018). The rise and fall (?) of the digital natives. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 34(5)

Do we need new learning theories to explain

  • Siemens, G. (2005). Connectivism: A learning theory for the digital age. International Journal of Instructional Technology & Distance Learning, 2(1).
  • Clarà, M., & Barberà, E. (2013). Learning online: massive open online courses (MOOCs), connectivism, and cultural psychology. Distance Education, 34(1), 129-136.
  • Tschofen, C. & Mackness, J. (2012). Connectivism and dimensions of individual experience. International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 13(1)




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