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22 – 24, 2023

The Spotlight Stage SPL09

OEB Spotlight Stage: Our New Digital World and Culture: Getting Beyond the Metaphors (Natives, Immigrants, Visitors, Residents and More) to the Realities

Date Friday, Dec 8  Time   –    Room Potsdam 3

Our relationship with the digital is complex, multifaceted and personal. In our attempts to come to an understanding of how we relate to, and engage with, the digital environment we have developed a number of simple metaphors. These have proved popular but they are limited and have often been used in over simplified ways to justify techno-solutionist approaches or twisted into reasons not to change institutional cultures: “The young people understand all this technology so we don’t have to”. Moving beyond this, the panel will imagine a redesigned higher education sector by describing the key attributes successful students need to thrive in a world where digital comes first. How can we create institutions where relevant digital capabilities, behaviours, practices and skills are integral to teaching? What principles should this newly imagined education be built on?

OEB speaker Marc Prensky

Marc Prensky

Founder and Executive Director, Global Future Education Foundation and Institute, USA

OEB speaker David White

David White

Head of Technology Enhanced Learning, University of the Arts London, UK


OEB speaker Wilfred Rubens

Wilfred Rubens

Owner and consultant,, The Netherlands