Media, new technologies and especially »Web 2.0 and social media« have strong impact on the World, globalization and social environment of men. This aspect must be considered in educational research and (media) didactics, but also in all institutions who deal with questions and issues of global education.

However, technics and technology should not be regarded as deterministic factors, present learning theories and theories and models of development should not be substituted but complemented and new possibilities and potentials, as well as the differences between F2F-communication processes and cvK must be taken into consideration and be included (media Richness Theory (Daft and Lengel, in 1986), Reduced Social Cues (Kiesler, seal and Mc Guire, in 1984).

In a networked and mobile world it does not make sense to approach problems in a dualistic way, or to search within singular disciplines and sciences for the theory or the model. Learning is development and development is a mutual process on different levels, which proceeds stage-to-stage.

Hence, solutions should be developed, discussed and combined multidisciplinary; should use both, the knowledge from educational science, social sciences, neuroscience, educational policy and the potential and chances of »new media«: Not as »magic bullet« or universal remedy, but as efficient and actual tools. This weblog aims to be such a tool.

The idea for the topic arose from my bachelor’s thesis »structural-genetic conditions for digital literacy«. Against the background of the theories of Piaget, Elias, Oesterdiekhoff and Dux, I wrote about the connection between new media / technologies and cognitive development and made a critical review of global projects of education and development (e.g. UNESCO, OLPC and others). One outcome of this work was the question whether Piagets fourth stage it is still adequate to describe todays cognitive development and educational processes in a networked environment – or whether in a digital and networked society of knowledge, one has to deal with a new, fifth stage which can be clearly defined and differentiated from the fourth stage. I would like to follow up this question here –including topics and new scientific findings.

I opted for a weblog as medium and method for further research, because it provides an ideal platform

• to offer a multidisciplinary overview of the state-of-the-art of science and technology


• to »collect« discourses, shows up similarities and differences and challenges contrary arguments to be discussed

In addition, as soon as it has been established and become known through networking with related websites and institutions, it has the potential

• to initiate and activate multidisciplinary discourses


• to become a Community of Research.

It offers „’Connectivity’ understood as a possibility to reach other members within the network, as well as ‘Communality’, understood as cooperative and collaborative gathering and sharing of information.“ (Schmid 2006, p. 114 with reference to van den Hooff etAl. 2005)


Sabine Siemsen, M.A. and PhD candidate

ChileProfil (358x398)              Until March 2018: Project Staff University Kassel; From April 2018: Educational Scientist BKK Akademie in Rotenburg/Fulda

PhD Candidate at Philipps University in Marburg, Institute of Educational Science, Area Innovation, Organization, Networks.

Master Thesis:  Globally Networked Learning-Processes in Higher Education: Rethinking and Fusing Terminology and Theories in the Context of Digitalization and Technology

B.A. Educational Science and  M.A. eEducation at the Distance University Hagen, Germany



Siemsen, Sabine/Naaranoja, Marja (accepted conference-paper; upcoming, summer 2018):

Siemsen, Sabine (invited extension conference paper): Globally Networked Learning-Processes in Higher Education: Why Virtualization has to become more than Digitalization

Siemsen, Sabine (accepted conference-paper; upcoming 2018): Universities in the Present Age: Obsolescent Institution or Breeding-Ground for Global Enhancement and Change? Conference-Paper

Siemsen, Sabine/Wang, William (2017): Towards a New Learning Culture in Distance Education: The Development of Distance Education at the FernUniversität in Hagen using the Example of the Study Course Educational Science (in Peer-Review, IJLT International Journal of Learning Technology)

Siemsen, Sabine (2016): From MOOC to GOAL: Ubiquitous Networked Learning in Higher Education. In: Learning Technology for Education in Cloud: The changing Face of Education. Communications in Computer and Information Science Vol. 446. pp 150-162. Springer International Publishing. Peer-reviewed.

Siemsen, Sabine (2015): Learning, Knowledge and Competence in Global Online-Universities: How Terminology shapes Thinking. In: Communications in Computer and Information Science Vol. 533. pp 28-42. Springer International Publishing Switzerland. Peer reviewed.

Siemsen, Sabine (2015): Knowledge-Management by Social Writing; The Launch and Establishment of an Online-Writing Lab Using the Example of Citavi-Online-Tutorials at the Faculty of Cultural and Social Sciences of the FernUniversität in Hagen. In: Communications in Computer and Information Science Vol. 533. pp 134-147. Springer International Publishing Switzerland. Peer-reviewed.

Siemsen, Sabine / Jansen, Rainer (2014): Connectivism and Interactionism Reloaded: Knowledge Networks in the Cloud. In: Learning Technology for Education in the Cloud. MOOC and Big Data. Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014. Peer-reviewed.

de Witt, C./Psyk, P./Siemsen, S. (2012): Mobiles Wissensmanagement. In: Jahrbuch E-Learning 2013


MoodleMoot 2018, Kassel: Inverted Workshops mit Moodle. Vortrag Hauptkonferenz.

MoodleMoot 2018, Kassel: Einführung in Moodle für Sekretariate an Hochschulen und Schulen. Workshop Preconference.

DGfE Symposium 2017, Kommission Organisations-Pädagogik: Universities in the Present Age: Obsolescent Institution or Breeding-Ground for Global Enhancement and Change?

LTEC 2016, Hagen, 5th International Conference on Learning Technology for Education in Cloud (Paper Presentation)

Hagener Wissenschaftsgespräche 2016: Lernen und Wissen 2030: Veränderungen von Lernprozessen und Wissensdefinitionen. Videostreaming: https://www.fernuni-hagen.de/videostreaming/ksw/wg/20160217.shtml

ENTELIS Seminar 2015, Dublin, Keynote »Distance education in the context of mobility, digitalization and technology – Potential and Barriers to bridge the digital divide«. Slides und Audiversion: http://www.entelis.net/en/node/200

LTEC 2015, Maribor, 4th International Conference on Learning Technology for Education in Cloud (2 Paper Presentations)

LTEC 2014, Chile, 3rd International Conference on Learning Technology for Education in Cloud (Paper Presentation)

Hagen 2012, Vortrag im Rahmen des Adobe Connect Nutzertages: „Die Nutzung des Virtuellen Klassenzimmers im Rahmen einer Moodle-Schreibwerkstatt“



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