Professor & Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning and Technology at Royal Roads University

Update on the definition of emerging technologies

Posted on November 30th, by George Veletsianos in E-learning, emerging technologies, open, sharing, work. 3 comments

This is an update on my work regarding my attempt to define the term emerging technologies for education: I was feeling a bit uneasy to write that the term “emerging technologies” has not yet been defined. Perhaps I was simply not discovering the definition? Perhaps the definition was laying somewhere out there and my research abilities weren’t up to par? (Unlikely, I know : ), but possible). I asked a few more people about this and ended up emailing George Siemens asking if he had a definition that he is using in his work. He asked the question on twitter here, and posted the replies he received here. Picking up on the twitter message and George’s blog post, a few other definitions have emerged here and here. Thank you everyone for contributing your thoughts – once again, I am thrilled to see educators worldwide adding their knowledge to this work! I will be using these thoughts to improve the ideas presented in my paper. The working book chapter with the definition of emerging technologies for education, teaching, and learning is now updated and available. This book is planned to be published as an open access publication by Athabasca University Press and the knowledge sharing that underpins this specific chapter makes a better case for why an open license is the best way forward!

3 thoughts on “Update on the definition of emerging technologies

  1. Thanks for sharing your work, George – definitely an interesting discussion.

    Strange, isn’t it, how we’re finding it difficult to nail down a solid definition of emerging technologies?

    I look forward to reading your book.

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  3. Wow. I also believe that an open license is a better way forward for somethings. It just make sense particularly with some educational topics.

    I admire that and I will most likely read the chapter.


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