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Competencies in Teaching, Learning and Educational Leadership in the Digital Age

Papers from CELDA 2014

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  • Discusses how digital technologies have affected the classroom from a global perspective
  • Presents the very latest work in the area where Internet, information and communications technology, learning psychology and instructional design intersect
  • Promotes the effective use of new tools and technologies to support student learning
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Table of contents (21 chapters)

  1. A Global Conversation About Competencies and Challenges for Twenty-First Century (Presidential Panel)

  2. Changing Learning and Instructional Paradigms

  3. Assessments and Analytics for Teachers and Decision Makers

  4. Changing Tools and Learning Environments


About this book

This book makes a contribution to a global conversation about the competencies, challenges, and changes being introduced as a result of digital technologies. This volume consists of four parts, with the first being elaborated from each of the featured panelists at CELDA (Cognition and Exploratory Learning in the Digital Age) 2014.

Part One is an introduction to the global conversation about competencies and challenges for 21st-century teachers and learners.  Part Two discusses the changes in learning and instructional paradigms. Part Three is a discussion of assessments and analytics for teachers and decision makers. Lastly, Part Four analyzes the changing tools and learning environments teachers and learners must face.

Each of the four parts has six chapters. In addition, the book opens with a paper by the keynote speaker aimed at the broad considerations to take into account with regard to instructional design and learning in the digital age. The volume closes with a reflective piece on the progress towards systemic and sustainable improvements in educational systems in the early part of the 21st century.

Editors and Affiliations

  • University of North Texas , DENTON, USA

    J. Michael Spector

  • Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia

    Dirk Ifenthaler

  • Curtin University, School of Education Curtin University, Perth, Australia

    Demetrios G. Sampson

  • Universidade Aberta (Portuguese Open University), Lisbon, Portugal

    Pedro Isaias

About the editors

J. Michael Spector is Professor of Learning Technologies in the College of Information at the University of North Texas, and is editor of Educational Technology Research & Development. Dr. Spector served on the International Board of Standards for Training, Performance and Instruction (IBSTPI) as Executive Vice President; he is on the Executive Committee of the IEEE Learning Technology Technical Committee and is Past-President of the Association for Educational and Communications Technology (AECT).

Dirk Ifenthaler is Chair and Professor for Learning, Design and Technology at University of Mannheim, Germany, Adjunct Professor at Deakin University, Australia and Affiliate Research Scholar at the University of Oklahoma, USA. Dirk Ifenthaler’s research focuses on the intersection of cognitive psychology, educational technology, learning science, data analytics, and computer science. His research outcomes include numerous co-authored books, book series, book chapters, journal articles, and international conference papers, as well as successful grant funding in Australia, Germany, and USA – see Dirk’s website for a full list of scholarly outcomes at He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Springer journal Technology, Knowledge and Learning (

Demetrios G. Sampson is a Research Professor of Learning Technologies at the School of Education, Curtin University, Perth, Australia.  He is also affiliated with the Information Technologies Institute, Centre of Research and Technology - Hellas Greece, European Union. Previously, he has been a Professor of Digital Systems for Learning and Education at the Department of Digital Systems, University of Piraeus, Greece (2003-2015) and a Senior Researcher at the Informatics and Telematics Institute, Centre of Research and Technology - Hellas Greece (2000-2003). He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Educational Technology and Society Journal, a Senior Member of IEEE and a Golden Core Member of IEEE Computer Society.

Pedro Isaias is an associate professor at the Universidade Aberta (Portuguese Open University) in Lisbon, Portugal, responsible for several courses and director of the master degree program in Management / MBA. Was director of master degree program in Electronic Commerce and Internet since its start in 2003 until July 2014. He is co-founder and president of IADIS – International Association for Development of the Information Society ( ), a scientific non-profit association. He holds a PhD in Information Management (in the specialty of information and decision systems) from the New University of Lisbon. He is leading editor of Interactive Technologies and Smart Education (ITSE) Journal ( ) from Emerald. Pedro Isaias is an Adjunct Professor at School of InformationSystems – Curtin University, Australia.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Competencies in Teaching, Learning and Educational Leadership in the Digital Age

  • Book Subtitle: Papers from CELDA 2014

  • Editors: J. Michael Spector, Dirk Ifenthaler, Demetrios G. Sampson, Pedro Isaias

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  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Education, Education (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-30293-5Published: 09 August 2016

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-80772-0Published: 07 June 2018

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-30295-9Published: 26 July 2016

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXII, 363

  • Number of Illustrations: 15 b/w illustrations, 27 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Educational Technology, Learning & Instruction

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