The coronavirus pandemic has further accelerated the digital transformation in many areas of society, and education is no exception. In the latest edition of the talk show on digital sustainability, Marjan Hammersma – Secretary General of the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science – discusses the opportunities and threats of digitalisation in education. The broadcast is now available online.

The coronavirus pandemic has further accelerated digitalisation in many areas of society, and education is no exception. Ever-more digital learning resources are being developed, including adaptive learning material, virtual-reality applications, knowledge platforms, educational games, digital blackboards and multimedia lesson formats. Data is increasingly being used in learning management too, such as in performance management systems, progress dashboards and to conduct ‘learning analytics’ based on data collected about learners and their contexts.
 
All these developments come with the promise of improving education – but how exactly? And are they really improvements? Or do we need to acknowledge that digitalisation also has its downsides, and adjust our expectations accordingly? 

In this broadcast on De Nieuwe Wereld’s YouTube channel, journalist and philosopher Ad Verbrugge discusses digitalisation in education with Marjan Hammersma (Secretary General of the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science) and Linda Kool (Coordinator of the Digital Society team at the Rathenau Instituut).

This talk show is part of a series organised by De Nieuwe Wereld and INNOPAY on the topic of digital sustainability.

Did you know?

Since the start of this year, businesses, educational institutions and public bodies work together on the development of sector-level agreements that will facilitate convenient, secure and trustworthy access to digital educational resources in the Netherlands. The aim is to make it easier and safer for providers of primary, secondary, special and secondary vocational education to make use of digital applications so that they can offer future-proof education and continue to get the best out of pupils and students. For more information, visit: www.edu-v.org (Dutch content only)

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