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ERIC Number: EJ1143833
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1528-3518
Technology Transience and the Challenges It Poses to Higher Education
Amirault, Ray J.
Quarterly Review of Distance Education, v16 n2 p1-17 2015
Today's technologies come and go at an alarming rate, and the length of time any one technology, either software or hardware, exists before being supplanted by a newer technology is growing ever shorter. For anyone working within the field of instructional technology, this rapid replacement rate of technologies can hold immense implications for both the development and delivery of educational systems. We here define the concept of technology transience, contextualize the concept over the historical time frame, and present schemas for the measurement of technology transience. We conclude by describing how technology transience is impacting the field of instructional design, the specification of 21st century skills, and the 21st century's model of education. Open questions for additional research into transience are provided.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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