Keynote by Sabine Seufert “Current and Emerging Educational Realities – Shaping the Digital Transformation?” (8e)
Currently, the corona crisis has led to “emergency remote teaching” and the full introduction of technology-supported online teaching in universities and schools. Renowned researchers published special issues on how to cope with the pandemic, such as Surma & Kirschner (2020) in Computers in Human Behavior (CiHB) with the title “Technology enhanced distance learning should not forget how learning happens”. The lockdown has given us food for thought – “back-to-the roots” – what is important for successful learning? What are emerging trends and key challenges for educational institutions to shape digital transformation? To tackle these challenges in education realities, the keynote is structured in three parts:
1) What are current educational realities – for teachers, for students – due to the COVID crises? What might be the “new normal” or what might be possible scenarios after the crisis?
2) What are emerging trends and upcoming educational realities due to advanced technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics? Three trends will be highlighted: a) personalized, AI-empowered learning and learning analytics, b) immersive learning and mixed realities, and c) conversational learning based on new human-computer interactions.
3) How to shape digital transformation in educational institutions in order to exploit the potential of advanced technologies for desirable educational realities? AI challenges us to identify human core competencies and to raise them to a higher level. While substitution (the replacement of jobs with automation) has been the main focus so far, increasing human capabilities (complementary synergies between humans and machines) is one of the key challenges in the current transition phase of digital transformation. Understanding this augmentation, as opposed to substitution, is therefore currently central to developing a vision for a successful partnership between man and “smart machine”.