New Media Technology
In an age of cyber
literacy and a generation of immersed users of the Web, video games,
online social networks, personal mobile technology and other interactive
electronic environments, information processing has changed from a
linear format, within a chronological progression, to a partially
controlled chaotic format, with tracking achieved primarily through
hypertextual nodes. This is anathema to the enforced linearity of most
institutionally imposed hierarchical learning.
Mallia’s research interests is in mapping the process of this change.
The results are often cognitive processing deviations, which then have
social, educational and communicative manifestations. Hypertextual
processing differs from more linear forms of processing in a number of
ways, notably in attention and focusing issues. One of the offshoots of
this is understanding how basic schooling, as well as higher level
teaching methodologies may need to be modified to conform to new
learning practices and take advantage of their strengths.
offshoot is a rise in INFORMAL LEARNING, because this option is more
amenable to hypertextual processing. Online whimsical searches and
acquisition of information through social software interaction and other
new media technology immersion has changed the breadth of informal
learning, particularly self-directed and incidental learning.
diffusion and multifocusing that are at the base of hypertextual
processing, and the personalization, diversification and acquisition of
general knowledge that infuse independent, flexible learning can create
an amenable setting for the generalization and abstraction needed for
effective TRANSFER OF LEARNING.
has had a particular interest in the elusive phenomenon of Transfer of
Learning since he explored its impact on literature teaching
methodologies in secondary schools in his Ph.D research. The possibility
of finding more bases for transfer in new technology influenced digital
natives independent activities, than in formal scholastic settings, is
of great importance to our understanding of how learning works.
Dr Mallia’s present
research is based on the above hypotheses..
New Media Technology Impacts
Personal Communications and Personal Branding
Graphic Narrative and Storytelling
Recent academic papers, presentations, and