Andragogy and the Learning-Tech Culture Revolution: The Internet of Things (IoT), Blockchain, AI, and the Disruption of Learning

Andragogy and the Learning-Tech Culture Revolution: The Internet of Things (IoT), Blockchain, AI, and the Disruption of Learning

John H. Wilson (Strategic Collisions International LLC, USA)
Copyright: © 2019 |Pages: 18
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3474-7.ch015

Abstract

The present tsunami of technological change is causing disruption across everything from business, transportation, finance, government, entertainment, and relationships, just to name a few. This disruption has only just begun to exert influence on the learning process and formal education. In much the same way that these industries are experiencing disruption from the digital revolution, andragogy may also be on the verge of what could be called a learning-tech culture revolution. This chapter describes three emerging technology categories that could help to produce such innovations include (1) the internet of things (IoT), (2) blockchain, and (3) artificial intelligence (AI). While there is a bevy of writing and expert commentary presently emerging about these technologies, there is very little supposition so far about their potential impact on learning culture and adult education. The following pages will include a brief explanation of each of these technologies with discussion about the ways they could be leveraged to make a momentous impact on andragogy as we know it.
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Technology And Culture

Before delving into the impact that these three specific technological phenomena are having on andragogy, there is a need to establish some foundational connections between technology and cultural change. Hofstede (2001) posited technological change as a significant cause of cultural change, often occurring as an external origin of change to a given culture:

As all countries are gradually exposed to the products of the same scientific discoveries in the form of modern technology, and as these play an important role in culture change, some authors have concluded that all societies will become more and more similar. (p. 34)

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