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Valuing Digital Media and Learning

Digital media can be a tool for the future of learning - but people think about it in ways that look to the past. Values messages can reorient the conversation.
Adam F. Simon
February 16, 2012

The experiment assessed the ability of seven candidate values to promote more productive thinking on three dimensions related to DML. Progress and Pragmatism were the highest scoring values in: (1) creating more favorable views for a role for digital media in learning, (2) increasing respondents’ acknowledgement of the benefits of digital media that experts cite, and (3) expanding support for policies that implement the kinds of interactive and experiential learning proposed by DML experts and advocates. We suspect that combining the values of Progress and Pragmatism will provide a potent “one-two” punch that could cause significant changes in the way people orient themselves toward this issue.