Meta-Design

Empowering all Stakeholders as Co-designers

Authored by: Gerhard Fischer

Handbook of Design in Educational Technology

Print publication date:  July  2013
Online publication date:  June  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415807340
eBook ISBN: 9780203075227
Adobe ISBN: 9781135118969

10.4324/9780203075227.ch12

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Abstract

Learning and education are experiencing a period of profound transformation. Phenomena such as globalization, increasing trends to outsource high-level cognitive tasks, and the need to participate effectively in addressing complex world problems are changing how we think, learn, work, and collaborate. New knowledge and skills for students entering work environments require collaborations with experts from multiple fields, the pursuit of several career paths, and interaction with people from diverse backgrounds. These changes create new educational demands: learners need to be educated for a diverse, technical, problem-oriented world that does not yet exist. Meta-design represents a theoretical framework, supported by innovative information and communication technologies, in which learners of all ages can pursue topics of interest and take responsibility for their own education by empowering them to thrive and participate as co-designers in collaborative environments with ever-changing disciplinary boundaries.

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