Back to the blogs! Save the open education web! In 2018, the call for “digitised and digital education” is a widespread consensus in almost all professional areas. Politicians and business, students and their parents, journalists and funders all agree and unite in their call for increased digital learning and teaching. But: digital isn’t always better. Colourful apps might help you broaden and deepen your vocabulary. Animated explanatory videos may let you recreate teacher-centred instruction formats as often as you want. With cloud-based platforms, learning materials and communications can be replicated and multiplied. But the key question remains: Are we only digitally reproducing and enhancing the systems and knowledge of the 20th century? Are the debates around “digital education” maybe even hindering the necessary paradigm shift?

In the 21st century, interactive vocabulary and math exercises are not enough. Education goals such as classically-formed education and autonomy, creativity and critical thinking, freedom and responsibility do not require simplification of the (digital) world, but approaches that embrace the open network, promote the interaction with diversity and chaos, facilitate self-determined learning and collaborative projects. How does that work in real life? re:learn 2018 is looking for your answers.

Co-curator: Jöran Muuß-Merholz