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Communication and Learning in an Age of Digital Transformation

1st Edition

Edited by David Kergel, Birte Heidkamp-Kergel, Ronald C. Arnett, Susan Mancino


248 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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Communication and Learning in an Age of Digital Transformation provides cross-disciplinary perspectives on digitization as social transformation and its impact on communication and learning. This work presents openness within its interpretation of the digital and its impact on learning and communication, acknowledging historical contexts and contemporary implications emerging from discourse on digitization.

The book presents a triangulation of different research perspectives. These perspectives, which range from digital resistance parks and cyber-religious questions to cultural-scientific media-theoretical reflections, point to the performative openness of the analysis. The book represents an interdisciplinary approach and opens a space for understanding the social complexity of digital transformations in teaching and learning.


This book will be of great interest to academics, post graduate students and researchers in the field of digital learning, communication and education research.

Table of Contents

I Introduction to Learning in an Age of Digital Transformation


Bateson’s Dialogic Pragmatics: The Relational Nature of Learning and Knowledge

Ronald C. Arnett

Communication Transformations throughout the History of the World’s Fairs

Susan Mancino

Digital Transformation of Communication and Learning—A Heuristic Overview

David Kergel and Birte Heidkamp-Kergel

II Communication in an Age of Digital Transformation

Neodialectic: Media and Resistances in the Digital Age

Arkaitz Letamendia

Technesis and Life Writing. On Discourse and (Digital) Technology.

Tadeusz Rachwał

Dark Waters Beneath the Digital Surface

Patrik Kjærsdam Telléus

Inhabiting the Digital: Habituating Humanness into Digital Ecologies

Anthony M. Wachs

Religions and Communication: Digital Transformations

Andrea Catellani

III Learning in an Age of Digital Transformation

Communication and Control. Scenarios of Digital Learning.

Anke Redecker

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly—How Different Teachers Will Construe Digitalization Differently

Michael Paulsen

Consumption and Communication: Digital Learning in Liquid Modernity

Rüdiger Wild

New Communication – New Learning: The Transformation of Higher Education by Mobile Learning

Claudia de Witt and Christina Gloerfeld

Perspectives on Digitization of German Higher Education

David Kergel and Birte Heidkamp-Kergel

Nothing to See? How to Address Algorithms and Their Impact on the Perception of the World.

Dan Verständig

IV Conclusion

About the Editors

David Kergel is Research Associate at the University of Siegen, Germany.

Birte Heidkamp-Kergel is the coordinator of the E-Learning Centre at the University of Applied Sciences, Germany.

Ronald C. Arnett is Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies and the Patricia Doherty Yoder and Ronald Wolfe Endowed Chair in Communication Ethics at Duquesne University, United States.

Susan Mancino is Assistant Professor at Saint Mary’s College, United States.

About the Series

Perspectives on Education in the Digital Age

The process of digitalization is leading to a fundamental social change affecting all spheres of social life. In the pedagogical field there is a need for re-structuring key concepts such as learning, teaching and education that considers socio-economic and cultural changes.

Perspectives on Education in the Digital Age explores the process of coming to terms with socio-economic and socio-cultural shifts arising from digitalization and discusses this process with reference to its effects on education. The Series provides a forum for discussion of critical, integrative analyses of social transformations in the digital age, drawn from different fields such as the humanities, social sciences and economics. The aim of the Series is to analyse the implications of cultural change on education in the digital age by bringing together transdisciplinary dialogue and different theoretical approaches.

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