Guest feature | Karlsruhe’s platforms for innovation: LEARNTEC and IT-TRANS
Digitization has arrived! Digital solutions have become integral parts of daily life in education, mobility, and other fields. Where is this evolution headed? How will we learn and travel in the future?
Learning with digital media revolutionizes the culture of learning
The implementation of digital media has evolved into a fixed feature of integrated educational concepts in schools, universities, working life, and leisure time. Now and in the future, practical lifelong learning is unthinkable without the use of digital media. Mobile education, i.e. learning and teaching via mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, has been an observable trend for several years already. Thanks to Big Data and Learning Analytics, each learner receives an offer that’s individually tailored to suit that person’s specific needs. Learning based on the “watering-can principle” is obsolete. As increasingly many people make their know-how available, existing knowledge becomes more open and more freely accessible. Another important trend is game-based learning: the objective here is to playfully achieve one’s learning goals. This also involves developments in the field of 3D learning worlds and virtual reality.
Digitization of the travel experience
Ongoing urbanization poses new challenges for future mobility. Instead of individual transit modules, new solutions often focus on multimodal diversity, i.e. combining several modes of transportation to create a seamless travel chain that speedily and conveniently brings travellers from Point A to Point B. Digital services make such offers possible in public transit. Travellers can already access travel-related data in real-time at many locations around the globe. Information is available about connections, about connecting times, and increasingly more often also about alternative forms of transportation that can be used to augment traditional modes, e.g. car sharing, city bikes, connections for pedestrians, or – in the foreseeable future – autonomous vehicles. Passengers can pay for all services digitally, often on the same mobility portal, and they enjoy the added benefit of reduced prices. Digital services impact on the entire itinerary: from booking the ticket, through arrival at a railway station and the time spent there, continuing with the pathway to the correct connection, and culminating with the travel experience aboard the selected mode of transport and the final arrival at the desired destination.
LEARNTEC and IT-TRANS present trends for digital pioneers
For many years, the Karlsruhe trade fair has been the showplace of the most important international platforms for digital education and mobility. At this specialized fair and its accompanying conference, LEARNTEC and IT-TRANS present trailblazing technologies for learning with IT and for digital solutions in public transit. Both events are accordingly linked with CODE_n: IT-TRANS, for example, is directly linked to “Connected Mobility”, one of this year’s CODE_N CONTEST clusters. The fairs also actively promote young people and feature specific areas dedicated to startups. LEARNTEC and IT-TRANS also make the themes of digital education and mobility clearly visible far beyond Karlsruhe. The Karlsruher Messe- und Kongress-GmbH (KMK) introduces these topics at the new.New Festival and provides information about conditions for exhibitors and visitors. We look forward to your visit!