In the context of lifelong learning and learning throughout the lifespan, societal, political, social, cultural, and scientific participation have become focal terms. Broad access to educationally relevant information – which is geared by technological development – constitutes an important prerequisite. Technological support measures that facilitate participation are also a prerequisite to critical thought and well reflected opinions. Participation however also relates to the idea that education – besides the reception of information – should increasingly allow for the active integration of learners into the process of knowledge acquisition/knowledge generation.
Prof. Dr. Ulrike Cress
Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM)
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Ulrike Cress: Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien/Paavo Ruch