ERIC Number: ED435013
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
New Information Technologies: A Key for Adult Learning? Adult Learning, Media and Culture. A Series of 29 Booklets Documenting Workshops Held at the Fifth International Conference on Adult Education (Hamburg, Germany, July 14-18, 1997).
United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Hamburg (Germany). Inst. for Education.
This booklet examines new learning technologies' place in providing opportunities for the democratization of education, for enhancing learner-centered flexibility, and for reaching out to unserved communities. It also raises questions as to who controls technology, and why, how, and for whom the technologies are being used. The booklet concludes that the main problem in the development of new technologies is not whether they can be used but how to ensure wide access to information. Recommendations made by workshop participants include the following: (1) governments should not reduce their support for social and cultural public services; (2) all countries should be not merely consumers but also producers of software; (3) software and courses should reflect national and local identities as well as cultural requirements; (4) new technologies and conventional ones should be integrated; and (5) the dissemination and use of information technology should be open to public debate. (KC)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Basic Education, Adult Education, Computer Software Development, Computer Uses in Education, Developing Nations, Educational Needs, Educational Technology, Foreign Countries, Information Dissemination, Information Technology, Outreach Programs, Policy Formation, Public Policy, Technological Advancement, Technology Transfer
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Hamburg (Germany). Inst. for Education.
Note: For related documents, see CE 079 178-206.