Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory

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Digital Learning and the Changing Role of the Teacher

  • Hamish MacleodEmail author
  • Christine Sinclair
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-532-7_126-1


Even though educational institutions have been key to the development of digital practices, teachers are sometimes regarded as late adopters, often with good reason (Cuban and Jandric 2015). At the start of the twenty-first century, there was little direct use of digital technology for teaching in schools or universities. However, teachers worked within cultures and societies already becoming reliant on digital technologies and increasingly defined by them.

Contemporary writing traces shifting relationships across teaching practices, digital mediation, and the influence of globalization. There are debates about the resulting impact on who teachers are, and what they (are able to) do, in the era of digital learning. The emergence of newer forms of technology to support and mediate the processes of teaching and learning has also led to a reexamination of the theoretical underpinnings of those practices – educational purposes, values, and structures – and the forms of...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of EdinburghEdinburghUK