I must confess to previously being very sceptical concerning the early euphoria relating to the supposed benefits of information-communication technologies (ICTs) in enhancing learning effectiveness, at least in the short term. Like many others, I regularly experienced frustration when using technology-based databases and software, often questioning, “Why is it that such a simple process seems like the Mars mission?” I particularly remember attending an education conference, waiting to listen to a keynote talk on the benefits of using technology in teaching, only to see the speaker struggle with the applications and not able to even get his PowerPoint slides up on the screen. After some 15 or so minutes he aborted (or postponed) the presentation. I did not even bother to check. Anyway, such experiences did little to inspire us non-techie folk to embrace technology for learning in any sustained manner.

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