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Emerging Technologies or Emerging Practices

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What makes technologies and practices emerging are not specific technologies or practices, but the environments in which a particular technology or practice operate. This definition recognizes that learning, teaching, and scholarship are sociocultural phenomena situated in specific contexts and cultures.

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Emerging Technologies or Emerging Practices

  1. 1. Emerging Technologies or Emerging Practices? George Veletsianos, PhD Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning & Technology Associate Professor School of Education and Technology Royal Roads University, Victoria, BC AECT 2014 Conference, Jacksonville, FL., Nov 2014
  2. 2. What are Emerging Technologies?
  3. 3. In 2009 I was editing a book… Download for free as an open access publication: http://tinyurl.com/ book321
  4. 4. In 2009 I was editing a book… What makes a technology “emerging” is the context in which that particular technology operates. Practices are also “emerging” (e.g., Networked Participatory Scholarship – Veletsianos & Kimmons, 2012)
  5. 5. 2014. Submitting Edition #2. Distinguish between practices and technologies. Emerging technologies vs. emerging practices. What are their characteristics?
  6. 6. Characteristics of Emergence “Emerging” technologies/practices share four (contextual) characteristics: • Not defined by newness (e.g., open source LMS, virtual worlds, scholarly blogging) • Evolving (e.g., Twitter, openness) • Not-yetness (e.g., open courses) • Unfulfilled but promising potential
  7. 7. Thank you! www.veletsianos.com @veletsianos on Twitter veletsianos @ gmail.com This presentation: www.slideshare.com/ veletsianos
  8. 8. Related work Available at http://www.veletsianos/publications References Veletsianos, G. (2010). A Definition of Emerging Technologies for Education. In G. Veletsianos (Ed.), Emerging Technologies in Distance Education (pp. 3-22). Edmonton, AB: Athabasca University Press. Veletsianos, G. & Kimmons, R. (2012). Networked Participatory Scholarship: Emergent Techno-Cultural Pressures Toward Open and Digital Scholarship in Online Networks. Computers & Education, 58(2), 766-774.

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