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Digitalization in Education: Challenges, Trends and Transformative Potential


Digitalization is transforming all facets of society, not just work environments, and in terms of educational contexts, the transformation is occurring with or without strategic initiatives that ensure ongoing quality of teaching and learning environments. Integration of technology into teaching and learning is not new, but the rapid rate and pace of technological advancement is new, especially regarding new Internet, ICT and digital technologies. The field of education is mainly reactive, as new disruptive technologies develop in other industries and are then applied and accommodated into existing educational cultures and systems. This chapter provides an overview of technology integration in education from computers to other more advanced forms of digital technologies. The transformative potential of digitalization in education is exciting and presents many opportunities and challenges, given new trends and developments in digital technologies.

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Schmidt, J.T., Tang, M. (2020). Digitalization in Education: Challenges, Trends and Transformative Potential. In: Harwardt, M., Niermann, PJ., Schmutte, A., Steuernagel, A. (eds) Führen und Managen in der digitalen Transformation. Springer Gabler, Wiesbaden.

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