Media Pedagogics in Times of Deep Mediatization

Medienpädagogik in tiefgreifend mediatisierten Zeiten

This year's autumn conference of the Media Pedagogy Section of the German Society for Educational Science (DGfE) is devoted to the research fields of media pedagogy in times of profound mediatization. The conference will take place on 20 and 21 September 2018 in Building GW2 (Humanities 2) at the University of Bremen.

The concept of digitisation has (again) put media issues at the centre of the debate on education policy. In Germany, for example, the KMK strategy paper "Education in a Digital World" (2017) has also elevated media pedagogical skills to the general mandatory canon of initial and continuing teacher training, while in Switzerland the topic complex "Media and Informatics" has been completely revised as part of "Curriculum 21" and in Austria the BMBWF is implementing the digitisation strategy "School 4.0". However, there is also a consensus in extracurricular and vocational education and training on the need to deal more intensively with the pedagogical and didactic consequences of a process of change, which in communication and media sciences is referred to as mediatisation: the interrelation between an accelerating media change, both persistent and innovative communication practices and a global socio-cultural change (Krotz, 2007).

The "Communicative Figurations" Research Network of the Universities of Bremen and Hamburg uses the term "profound mediatization" to describe a radicalized version of mediatization that is currently characterized by five trends (Hepp & "Communicative Figurations" Research Network 2017): the growing differentiation, connectivity, omnipresence, speed of innovation and datafication of the media.

To interpret, research and shape these complex and accelerated processes of change in their significance for the fields of education, teaching, learning, upbringing and socialisation is particularly incumbent on media pedagogy and media didactics in cooperation with their related disciplines such as computer science, sociology, psychology or communication and media studies.