[Paper] Key Factors and Rules of Cyberspace Transforming Education

Huang Ronghuai   Liu Dejian   Liu Xiaolin   Xu Jingjing

Exploring the trends and paradigm of cyberspace transforming education is a global hot topic, because it is expected that traditional education will be thoroughly changed to meet the demands of information and intelligent society by infusing cyberspace in education, while this judgement is challenged by many arguments from the society. Firstly, we reviewed the transformation of educational paradigm in the overall human civilization, and we found the key feature of the education in industrial age as standardization and master learning, and that in the information era as personalization and connected learning. Secondly, we proposed a factor atlas of cyberspace transforming education, “Sudoku” (nine patches) of educational evolution with cyberspace (EEC), and we found a metaphor of “Butterfly Effect” with two potential energies which can explain the trends of EEC. The two potential energies are the educational thinking style and behavior inertia originated from “Basic Knowledge and Basic Skills” coped with industrial age, and technology-driven force and the willingness of change coped with the information era, which will mutually intervene, penetrate and confront in a very long term. Lastly, we proposed that currently China’s ICT in education is just at the beginning, and we need to further explore talents cultivation targets, innovate ways of teaching, construct and optimize learning environments. Furthermore, the comprehensive education reform need to be redesigned from the educational supply, the school system and teachers system to ensure
the cyberspace transforming education in an orderly and healthy approach.
Keywords: Cyberspace Learning; Educational Reform; Butterfly Effect; Thinking Style; Behavior Inertia; Technology-driven Force; The Willingness of Change

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