The Postmodern Dialogue and the Ethics of Digital Based Learning

  • David Kergel


The article discusses the ethics of digital learning. Starting point is a postmodern understanding of communication and the dialogue as idealimage of postmodern communication. The dialogue can be considered as postmodern ethics in communicative practice. Such a communicative practice is defined by a `decentral´ and `polydirectional´ dimension of communication. Web 2.0 tools provide the media-structure to realize a digital based postmodern dialogue. Formulated the other way round: the media structure of Web 2.0 tools bears ethical implications: The polydirectional and decentral structure of Web 2.0 media enables a postmodern dialogue – one might speak of the ethical implications of Web 2.0 tools. Consequently, E-Learning 2.0 which bases on Web 2.0 tools bear ethical implications. For the E-Learning practice, one challenge is, to transfer such theoretical reflections into learning-scenarios, which meet the requirements of a postmodern dialogue. As a proposal for such an transfer from theory-to-practice, a best practice example for a Web 2.0 based learning-scenario will be provided.


E-Learning 2.0 Web 2.0 Dialogue Postmodern thinking Communication Polydirectional Constructive feedback 


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  1. 1.Habitussensitive Teaching and LearningHAWK HildesheimHildesheimGermany

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