Learning: Peering Backward and Looking Forward in the Digital Era


Weigel, Margaret, Carrie James, and Howard Gardner. 2009. Learning: Peering Backward and Looking Forward in the Digital Era. International Journal of Learning and Media 1(1):1–18

At this point in their proliferation, much remains unknown concerning the educational and learning impacts of NDM: Will they be large or small, will the outcomes be positive, negative, mixed, or neutral? It is still too early to tell. That having been said, we believe that a “perfect storm” of NDM affordances, sociocultural changes associated with globalization, and the growing pace and interconnectedness of human life may potentially add up to a formidable tipping point. We operate on the assumption that NDM contain affordances that, if leveraged properly, could create future learning environments and cultures in which the promises of constructivist, social, situated, and informal learning are realized.

Margaret Weigel, Carrie James, and Howard Gardner

© 2009 Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Publication Date
Tuesday, March 03, 2009