Reading in the Humanities in the Mobile Digital Age

Reading in the Humanities in the Mobile Digital Age

John Fawsitt (Kibi International University, Japan)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-1757-4.ch009
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This speculative submission tries to delineate the possible existence of a clash between fulfilling a mission towards developing the cognitive and intellectual abilities of learners via reading and the introduction of mobile technology or M-Learning techniques into university education along with a survey of the possible forces that act to bring this about and how these trends follow the general tendency of intellectual and habitual behaviour in modern society. Whether they are in harmony or whether they run against them.
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The University And Its Members

What then is the place of reading in this new age? While it will be a while before we know exactly. It can be said to have already suffered a drastic decline in the university sphere. Ken Robinson in his noted TED talk decrying the over cerebralisation of Education, said the world's education systems are geared towards the production of University Professors. People who live mostly inside one side of their heads and that in the future such focus will be less important and we should focus more on creative rather than intellectual ability. While this has great truth, he admits we cannot be sure what qualities will actually be needed.

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