György Csepeli

National Information Infrastructure: György Csepeli

Biography:

György Csepeli is currently Public Policy Director in the Prime Minister’s Office, President of the National Information Infrastructure Council, President of the Hungarian Distant Learning Council, Member of the Council of National Office of Research and Technology, Chairman for National Broadband Academic Network, also Chairman for Interdisciplinary Social Research PhD Program, Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE). Since 1991 he has been Full Professor of Social Psychology, Chairman for Department of Social Psychology at the Institute of Sociology, ELTE. Was the President (1993-1994) and is currently the President-elect of the Hungarian Sociological Association. György Csepeli has been lecturing in several fields of Social-Psyhology. Was a co-creator of the National Information Strategy in 1996. He holds membership of Editorial Board at Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Szociológiai Szemle (Sociological Review), Politikatudományi Szemle (Review of Political Science), Jelkép.

(see a more detailed biography here: http://www.csepeli.hu/cv_eng.html)

Abstract

New age in education

The emergence of digital contents has resulted the advent of a completely new age in education. Sources of information have become absolutely open for access by anybody. The open access of sources means selection, elaboration and transmission. This is a challenge for both for the student and the teacher. Moreover, the boundary between the roles of student and teacher becomes blurred.  A need for critical apporach toward the sources is apparent. High school students will become more and more similiar to university students.  Classrooms will be like research laboratories..

Gate-keepers disappear. There will be no more bottlenecks in the process of information consumption. The only shortage will be that of the time.

Naturally, problems of credibility and reliability occur. There are many actors in the race for the prize of the most credible source. Schools are to be transformed from institutions based on authority to places of communication where actors form their own views and deliberate.

Digital contents help this process. There will be a new pattern of distribution of work. youngsters are competent in technology while the elderly are more familiar with contents. A new alliance of generations is on the horizon.

 

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