Carlos Santos and Luís Pedro (DigiMedia members) participated in ECTEL2022 – Seventeenth European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning – Educating for a new future: Making sense of technology-enhanced learning adoption that took place in Toulouse, France, from 12 to 16 September 2022.
Educating for a new future: Making sense of technology-enhanced learning adoption
In the past two decades, many educational technologies emerged and evolved along with the growing attention for ‘the Web’ and ‘the Internet’. Throughout this road, researchers and practitioners have designed and implemented different types of strategies, tools, services, and devices to improve learning for a wide range of students. Many studies have been carried out by our community that describe promising technologicalies underpinnings that have benefited different educational contexts around the world. However, nobody had ever seen the increased mainstream adoption of educational technologies that has been observed since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. The current context gives rise to several questions such as: What is the purpose of education in the current context of societal transformation? How do learning technologies support this new purpose? How do we ensure that technology is a means to make education more inclusive? In that sense, this EC-TEL conference provides us with an opportunity to search for an answer for some of these questions, and to explore different topics concerning the future of education.