Digital Learning Environments: New Possibilities and Opportunities

  • Otto Peters


This paper deals with the general problem whether and, if so, how far the impact of the digitised learning environment on our traditional distance education will change the way in which teachers teach and learners learn. Are the dramatic innovations a menace to established ways of learning and teaching or are they the panacea to overcome some of the difficulties of our system of higher learning and to solve some of our educational problems caused by the big and far-reaching educational paradigm shift? This paper will not deal with technical or technological achievements in the field of information and communication which are, of course, revolutionary and to be acknowledged and admired. Rather, the digital learning environment will be analysed from a pedagogical point of view in order to find out what exactly are the didactic possibilities and opportunities and what are its foreseeable disadvantages.

Author Biography

Otto Peters
Otto Peters is Professor Emeritus at the FernUniversitaet in Hagen, Germany. He was born in 1926 in Berlin. He studied education, psychology and philosophy at the Humboldt Universitaet and the Free University in Berlin and earned his doctorate at the University of Tuebingen. He has been active in describing and interpreting distance education for academic purposes since 1965, first at the Educational Centre in Berlin, then at the German Institute for Distance Education Research and then as Professor of Didactics in Berlin. In 1974 he became the founding Rector of the FernUniversitaet in Hagen and served in this capacity for nearly ten years. Since then he has devoted his time exclusively to distance education research.
How to Cite
Peters, O. (2000). Digital Learning Environments: New Possibilities and Opportunities. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 1(1).
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