How the Third Information Age Will Reshape Education

Online Events Archive

Online Forums 2011 - December 9, 2011
Powered by Adobe Connect

William Rankin

Director of Educational Innovation & Associate Professor
Abilene Christian University

In the first information age, before Gutenberg’s press, information traveled slowly and inefficiently, and was primarily available to the powerful and highly educated. Almost six centuries ago, Gutenberg ushered in the second information age by enabling information to be transferred efficiently and pervasively across distances. As a result, an explosion of creativity transformed religion, politics, and education, making the modern world.

Today, a new generation of converged mobile-media devices and next-wave information access are starting a third information age, offering a new opportunity for explosive change both to the world of academics and to society at large. What does the relationship between information technology and educational practice suggest about where all this is headed? Does the all-the-time/everywhere access to information offered by mobile technology present an opportunity for solving today’s educational problems, or is it a pedagogical dead-end? How does next-wave mobility offer to fulfill the promise of eLearning, but also threaten radically to reconfigure it, requiring new conceptions and strategies? Participants in this session will explore a historical analysis that seeks to answer and contextualize these important questions.

In this session, you will gain:

  • Important insights into teaching methodologies in each of the three information ages
  • Perspective on how and why instruction needs to change in the face of technological change
  • Insight about today’s learners along with strategies for making instruction more relevant and engaging


You do not have access to the handouts. Please log in or join to download these files.


You do not have access to the recording. Please log in or join to download this file.


 Back to Library
Advertise Here

Current Membership


Join The eLearning Guild
Advertise Here

Upcoming Events

Guild Platinum Sponsors

Guild Sponsors

We Proudly Support


Recent Job Postings