EDUCATION AND CULTURE

The term "cyberculture" is used by various authors to group a number of contemporary cultural phenomena linked mainly but not only to the profound impact of digital information and communication technologies on issues such as reality, space, time, the human race and their social relations.

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These technologies involve new social and cultural media that transform our societies at all levels from individuals to institutions. They create new forms of interaction and help to generate new ideas and new social possibilities. The so-called information superhighways are the physical platform, the conditions of possibility, and the real global infrastructure on which we exchange information, learn and communicate. They are the spaces on which we prolong ourselves, keep in touch, underpin our bonds, modify and maintain our societies, overcoming great distances. Culture and social life have currently acquired a cyber component which cannot be ignored.

Authors like Kerckhove and Levy define cyberculture as the third era of communication, which would set a more universal language alphabet: digital language. Kerckhove proposes to understand cyberculture from three major characteristics: interactivity, hypertext and connectivity. Any serious reflection on the future of education and training systems in a cyberculture should be based on an analysis of the changes that our relationship with knowledge has suffered (Levy, 2007).

In his book "Cyberculture. Culture in a Digital Society”, Levy does not mention the technological tools and products contained in Web 2.0 and Web 3.0, but he clearly refers to a culture, affected by such a ubiquity of ICTs, as a new network of meanings, that is, a cyberculture, which subverts not only the content and knowledge, but also how to present them. New users, residents of the new digital culture, are changing the traditional way of approaching the production of culture and knowledge. Until recently, only artists, writers and academics participated in the creation of cultural references individually or in groups. Today more and more elements of culture and knowledge are provided by participatory citizenship outside those elites of decision.

There is also the possibility that technological systems are open to social and cultural systems, as is being demonstrated by the development of software in the World Wide Web. Another concept that is linked to cyberculture is Cybersociety since there is a link between people and cyberspace. Culture and the social system are inseparable. This link has characteristics that enable an "interaction" with the machine and interpersonal communication mediated by it.

  • Cyberculture
  • Cultural transmission as an educational tool
  • Digitization and democratization of culture (new formats and new opportunities)
INTERNATIONAL GROUP
  • Cristina Yáñez Aldecoa
  • Larry Johnson
  • Alexandra Okada
NATIONAL GROUP
  • Valentí Puig i Mas
  • M. Carme Jiménez Fernández
  • Ferran Ruiz Tarragó
  • Xavier Cubeles i Bonet
REPRESENTATIVE URV
  • Ramon Palau Martín

Professor of the University of Andorra specialising in ICT & Museums, the Impact of ICT on Museums, Learning and Teaching in Museums, the Museum and ICTs, and Cultural Heritage Management.

Recognized expert in emerging technology and its impacts on society and education. He speaks regularly on the topics of creativity, innovation and technological trends. He is the founder of Project Horizon, the producer of the acclaimed series of Horizon Reports, which are used by over one million educators in over 150 countries.

Researcher at the Knowledge Media Institute of the Open University and consultant to the Association of Science Education in the UK. Her research focuses on the knowledge and tools of social media for promoting the scientific and digital literacy that embraces the potential of science and technology.

Bachelor of Arts and writer, columnist and political analyst for numerous periodicals. Former Director General of Education and Culture in the Interinsular General Council of the Pre-autonomous Government of the Balearic Islands.

President of the School Education Council of Catalonia. As Deputy Director General at the Department of Education, he was a driving force behind XTEC (the Catalan Educational Telematic Network). He is an expert and author on ICT and Education.

Holds a Law degree from the University of Barcelona. He is responsible for the Laboratory of Culture and Tourism Foundation at the Barcelona Media Foundation - Innovation Centre.

At the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, he is professor of Economics in the Audiovisual Sector at the Faculty of Communication and professor on the Master of Advanced Studies in Social Communication. Also a professor of numerous university postgraduate courses on management and cultural policies.

With a PhD in Educational Technology, he is a professor in the Department of Pedagogy at the URV. Also a member of ARGET (Applied Research Group in Education and Technology) and LATE (Laboratory for Technology Applied to Education).

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