Educating for digital futures : what the learning strategies of digital media professionals can teach higher education

Bridgstock, Ruth S. (2016) Educating for digital futures : what the learning strategies of digital media professionals can teach higher education. Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 53(3), pp. 306-315.

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Abstract

This article explores how universities might engage more effectively with the imperative to develop students’ 21st century skills for the information society, by examining learning challenges and professional learning strategies of successful digital media professionals. The findings of qualitative interviews with professionals from Australian games, online publishing, apps and software development companies reinforce an increasing body of literature that suggests that legacy university structures and pedagogical approaches are not conducive to learning for professional capability in the digital age. Study participants were ambivalent about the value of higher education to digital careers, in general preferring a range of situated online and face-to-face social learning strategies for professional currency. This article draws upon the learning preferences of the professionals in this study to present a model of 21st century learning, as linked with extant theory relating to informal, self-determined learning and communities of practice.

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ID Code: 70992
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: informal learning, professional learning, communities of practice, social learning, social media, digital media, higher education, work integrated learning, HERN
DOI: 10.1080/14703297.2014.956779
ISSN: 1470-3297
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Creative Arts Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy (130201)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development (130202)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200) > Interactive Media (190205)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published
and is available in Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 10 September 2014,
http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14703297.2014.956779
Deposited On: 05 May 2014 04:20
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2016 15:34

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