New publication: Computer-Assisted Learning

Paul Kirschner and I were asked to submit a lemma to the Encyclopedia of Education and Information Technologies

This encyclopedia aims to offer researchers an indication of the breadth and importance of information systems in education, including the way IT is being used, and could be used to enable learning and teaching.  The encyclopedia covers all aspects of the interaction between education and information technologies, including IT in kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, universities, training colleges, industry training, distance education and further education.  It also covers teaching and computing, the use of IT in many different subject areas, the use of IT in educational administration, and national policies of IT and education.

The lemma we wrote discusses Computer-Assisted Learning:

This contribution explores computer-assisted learning (CAL) from a number of different angles. First, it discusses the many synonyms that exist for the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in education. Within these synonyms are concepts which often hide subtle but important differences from both a technological as well as a pedagogical/educational point of view. It proceeds with a short history of CAL. While CAL as an entity was first used in the early 1960s of the previous century (1960s), the concept underlying its use has roots dating back to the beginning of that century. The third and final part will focus on the effectiveness of CAL in education which will lead to an adaptation of the current definition.

You can read our work here.

De Bruyckere P., Kirschner P.A. (2019) Computer-Assisted Learning. In: Tatnall A. (eds) Encyclopedia of Education and Information Technologies. Springer, Cham

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