Beyond the buzzwords: A Strategy to Connect Curricula with the Digital World

  • Disruption, Machine Learning, Internet of Things, Augmented Reality, Industry 4.0 and Rapid Prototyping are just a selection of the buzzwords that come up in connection with the rapid changes in the professional world and society brought about by digitalisation. As frequently occurs when buzzwords are used, their exact meaning is unknown, or remains unquestioned, but the use of them is nevertheless excessive. In this way, the buzzword ‘digital native’ assumes that an entire generation has a command of digital skills simply because they were born into this world and use digital media naturally. Which skills profiles this generation, and therefore a majority of today’s students, actually command, remains vague however, and is rarely explored systematically. The same is true of the specific formulation of necessary skills profiles in the digital world for higher education graduates. In the debate around higher education institutions, the description of the swift digital transition (with or without buzzwords) is not usually followed by a revision of existing curricula. This article describes strategic considerations for a better fit between the skills demanded of students and the challenges of the digital world.

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Author:Frank Dellmann, Thilo Harth
Parent Title (English):Proceedings of EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology
Publisher:Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
Place of publication:Amsterdam
Editor:T. Bastiaens, J. Van Braak, M. Brown, et al.
Document Type:Conference Proceeding
Date of Publication (online):2019/02/27
Date of first Publication:2018/06/25
Provider of the Publication Server:FH Münster - University of Applied Sciences
Release Date:2019/02/27
Tag:Skills orientation; curriculum development; digitalisation; skills profiles
First Page:2219
Last Page:2226
Faculties:Wirtschaft (MSB)
Wandelwerk. Zentrum für Qualitätsentwicklung
Publication list:Dellmann, Frank
Harth, Thilo
Licence (German):License LogoBibliographische Daten