Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory

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The Diffusionist Model of Adoption of Digital Learning

  • Petar JandrićEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-532-7_308-1


In the contemporary network society, human learning is dialectically intertwined with digital technologies. Instead of talking about adopting computers in education (and formal educational systems, in particular) therefore, theorists of the early twenty-first century are increasingly using the integral perspective of digital culture which provides “a richer engagement with the ways education is shaped and practiced with and through the digital” (Knox 2015, pp. 1–2). Yet, as newer versions of technologies continuously replace their older counterparts, and as conceptually new kinds of gadgets (such as tablet computers or smartphones) and web products (such as various sharing platforms) enter the scene, it is still important to understand the dynamics of digital innovation within educational systems. Historically, the first digital technologies have been invented within institutions of education and research – for instance, the first e-mail in history was exchanged between...


Diffusionist Model Educational Institution Digital Technology Technology Acceptance Model Virtual Learning Environment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Informatics and ComputingUniversity of Applied SciencesZagrebCroatia