Ilona Buchem

Digital Didactic Designs with Wearable Technologies

Prof. Dr. Ilona Buchem
Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin, Germany

Abstract: With Wearable-technology Enhanced Learning (WELL) beginning to emerge as one of the earmarks of the transition from the desktop age through the mobile age to the age of wearable, ubiquitous computing (Buchem, Klamma & Wild, 2014), it is worth looking at how wearable designs with differ from mobile designs and what type of innovation they bring to the current technology-enhanced learning landscape. Digital didactic designs with wearable technologies are at their core designs for merged learning spaces in co-expended settings. Wearable-technology enhanced learning is enabled by connected, portable devices and digital media accessible on these devices, all forming extended Personal Learning Environments (Buchem & Pérez-Sanagustín, 2014). The fMOOC project, in which wearable fitness trackers has been used as a core element of the digital didactic design of a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), has developed a conceptual framework for designing wearable-technology enhanced learning in merged learning spaces. This symposium presentation will discuss how the unique affordances of wearable technologies for learning may be leveraged to design new opportunities for learning. The special focus of the presentation will focus on the theory of embodiment and on how wearable technologies may enhance embodied learning experiences in co-expanded learning settings.



Ilona Buchem is Professor for Digital Media and Diversity at Beuth University of Applied Sciences in Berlin, Germany. Her research and teaching focus on the intersections of digital media, communication, learning and society, with special focus on emerging technologies such as social, mobile and wearable technologies. Ilona Buchem has led a number of R&D projects related to digital media and specific aspects of diversity, including gender, culture, language and age perspectives. Her current research activities focus on designing technology-mediated communication, collaboration and learning with wearable technologies, gamification and micro-credentials applying a transdisciplinary and transmedia approach to digital design practive. Ilona Buchem is the founder of the Special Interest Group on Wearable-technology Enhanced Learning (SIG WELL) at the European Association of Technology-Enhanced Learning (EA-TEL). Website:


Buchem, I.; Klamma, R. & Wild, F. (2014). Special Interest Group on Wearable-technology Enhanced Learning (SIG WELL) of the European Association of Technology-Enhanced Learning (EA-TEL). Retrieved from:

Buchem, I.; Pérez-Sanagustín, M. (2014). Personal Learning Environments in Smart Cities: Current Approaches and Future Scenarios. eLearning Papers, 35, November 2013.

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