This article examines contexts of learning as a connection between informal learning, or the casual learning that happens in everyday life, and the formal learning that occurs in the institutions of education. On this foundation it examines two significant contextual factors that are having an enormous impact on contemporary education: learner diversity and digital media. In each case, the article examines changing responses to these contextual shifts in formal educational institutions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of Education
Subtitle of host publicationFourth Edition
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780128186299
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022


  • Digital media
  • Formal learning
  • Informal learning
  • Learner diversity
  • e-Learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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