Disruptive technology and education : is there any disruption after all?

Kin Wai Michael Siu (Corresponding Author), G.G.J. Contreras

Research output: Chapter in book / Conference proceedingChapter in an edited book (as author)Academic research

25 Citations (Scopus)


With the rapid development of information and communication technologies at the beginning of the 21st century terms like ‘Cloud Learning,' ‘Mobile Learning,' ‘e-Learning,' and ‘MOOCS' have been added to the long list of ‘disruptive' technologies expected to revolutionize education forever. But while it is easy to see how ICT's have put unimaginable amounts of information at the fingertips of students, can we say that this is truly revolutionizing education? Are higher education institutions adjusting their pedagogic practices to make full use of these technologies? In fact, are they using them at all? In this chapter we take a closer look at the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in higher education and report findings from a study asking how these technologies are being used in academic activities. We set up the framework for the discussion by reviewing some of the most important historical developments in educational technology to then move on to present the study's results. The chapter closes by contrasting these results with past predictions about the disruptive potential of ICTs and finally reflecting on the steps that will have to be taken in order to make the most out of these technologies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of research on learning outcomes and opportunities in the digital age
PublisherInformation Science Reference
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)1466695781, 9781466695771, 9781466695788
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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