Future Archive

The Culture of Digital Education

Innovation in Art, Design, Science and Technology Practices, Leonardo Electronic Almanac

Senior Editors for this volume: Lanfranco Aceti, Nina Czegledy and Oliver Grau
Editor: Wendy Coones
Junior Editor: Manuelle Freire

Following the special event on ISEA2011 Istanbul Education Workshop titled Brain Drain/Brain Gain in Art, Science and Technology, the Leonardo Electronic Almanac is pleased to announce a special edition that will investigate current pedagogic issues with a special emphasis on art & science & technology education. In addition we will include in this publication summary papers of various international educational events and workshops from the last five years.

Over the last two decades, we have witnessed the global emergence of both institutional and informal/hybrid education initiatives. New departments have been created, new academic positions inaugurated and brand new curricula developed. In addition, an increasing number of international educational exchange programs are facilitated and implemented in the area of art & science & technology education each year.

The trans-disciplinary approach in education brings together arts, science and technology experts and looks at responsive knowledge transfer for the 21st century. Due to this radical shift in education – the learning environment has completely changed. In this context new paradigms in trans-disciplinary approaches vary from place to place and are often shaped by the nature of the organizations and/or institutions as well as financial and socio-cultural considerations.

Despite the widespread interest in digital culture and education, a tension remains between academic and vocational education.

The inclusion of practice based models involving academia are especially important, because limited funding, escalating class sizes and threatened course closures continue to be a serious challenge to effective training.

In an era of fast technological growth and transforming art forms there is an increasing need for educational flexibility by academic institutions. It is essential to keep in mind that the profile of higher education in the 21st century is going to be very different to what it used to be.

What is our role in this changing environment and how do we proceed?

Deliberations on the prevalent trends and the future of education indicate that “innovation” combined with breakthrough partnerships are considered keys to the future.

The Leonardo Electronic Almanac (LEA) is inviting proposals from academics, critical theorists and artists for this special issue investigating the changes and innovation in the new culture of digital education. Relevant areas of interest addressed by the issue’s contributors could include, but are by no means limited to:

• Education, art, science and technology
• Education and social media
• Innovation at the intersection of interdisciplinary teaching and learning practices
• Crisis in the digital classroom?
• e-learning: give me that video link of your recorded lecture and let me be!
• Learning and teaching in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary practices
• Ownership and copyrights of learning materials
• Economic crisis and classroom crisis: rethinking the economy of learning
• Brain Gain/Brain Drain: who gains and looses in the contemporary classroom
• Emerging countries, emerging universities and emerging interdisciplinary practices
• Hacktivist class: the class as research center
• Hybrid educational models
• Tactical Media and its progeny
• Histories of classroom methodologies and contemporary innovative approaches.

Guidelines for paper proposals:

(a) Subject heading: The Culture of Digital Education
(b) Deadline for Abstract, around 500 words: November 1, 2012
(c) Deadline for full articles: around 5,000 words
(e) Deadline for submission of full articles: January 15, 2013
(f) images at 72 dpi resolution no larger than 800 pixels width (for initial consideration)
(g) Links to previous work, videos or personal websites

• For scholarly papers, please, submit the final paper ready for peer review. Your contribution will be reviewed by at least two members of the LEA board and revisions may be requested subject to review.
• For themed and pictorial essays, please, submit an abstract or outline for editorial consideration and further discussion.
• Please keep your news, announcements and hyperlinks brief and focused; include contact details and a link to an external site where relevant.
• We reserve the right to sub-edit your submissions in order to comply with LEA policies and formats. Where material is time-sensitive, please, include both embargo and expiry dates.
• In all cases, specify special system considerations where these are necessary (platform, codecs, plug-ins, etc.)

For further information or image submission, contact Ozden.Sahin@leoalmanac.org

The Culture of Digital Education

Thomas Büsch

Filmmaker, Founding Member and Secretary General of diyalog, promotion of cultural exchange with Turkey. Since 2012 he is also project manager of InEnArt.

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