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 International Journal of Education and Development using ICT > Vol. 6, No. 3 (2010) open journal systems 


Guest Editorial: Impact of ICT on teaching and learning in Asia: Focusing on emerging trends, patterns and practice

Siew Ming Thang, The National University of Malaysia, Malaysia
Su Luan Wong, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia


Abstract
The rapid proliferation of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) has significantly changed the educational landscape globally. It is now even impossible to imagine future learning environments that are not supported, in one way or another, by ICT. For example, the Internet and World Wide Web have transformed education and school systems and brought about dramatic changes to various aspects of education including distance and online learning, online interactions between teachers and students, virtual classrooms and other components of teaching, learning and training. The conversion of computer games into learning tools has also revolutionized learning. Such impacts are felt much more strongly in Asia in view of the rapid knowledge-based and technological advancement in this region. Hence, it is essential for Asian learners, educators and material designers at all levels to adapt to the continually changing landscape. Despite the general acceptance that ICT has an important role to play in changing and modernizing educational systems and ways of learning, scientific evidence of the concrete contributions of ICTs to the learning domain, is less evident. In addition to this, publications in this domain have generally focused on Western countries. This special issue attempts to address this gap in knowledge by providing researchers and practitioners in this region a platform to share their concerns and problems in this field.


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International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology. ISSN: 1814-0556