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A Review of the Impact of ICT on Learning

  • Authors: Yves Punie, Dieter Zinnbauer, and Marcelino Cabrera
  • EUR Number: Technical Note: JRC 47246
  • Publication date: 9/2008


There is evidence that ICT is having a positive impact on education and training in Europe. However, this depends a lot on how ICT is being used in educational institutions and by learners, also outside educational settings. Currently, it seems that ICTs are mostly used as tools to support and improve the existing learning processes and their administration, without deploying the transformative potential. ICT has thus not (yet) been able to revolutionize learning and teaching. In order to understand the impact of ICT on learning, a holistic approach is needed that takes into account the socio-economic context, the learning environment, and teacher training. Furthermore, it includes looking at future learning needs and changing skills and competences necessary for employment, self-development and participation in a knowledge-based, digital society.

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