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Digital Education and Learning

Technology and the Politics of University Reform

The Social Shaping of Online Education

Authors: Hamilton, E.

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About this book

Do new technologies mean the end of the university as we know it? Or can they be shaped in a way that balances innovation and tradition? This volume explores these questions through a critical history of online education.

About the authors

Edward C. Hamilton is Chair of the School of Communication at Capilano University, Canada.

Reviews

“Most histories of technology trace progress from primitive beginnings to contemporary achievements. Not this extraordinary book. Applying the methods of Science and Technology Studies, Hamilton depicts the history of online education as a conflict over the nature of education embodied in a variety of sociotechnical systems. These systems are distinguished by the philosophy of education they support. Will education adapt to technology or will it adapt technology? That question divides the alternatives. Hamilton’s main purpose is to explain the origins and development of that divide, but in the process he explains clearly and convincingly why and how higher education can integrate the Internet while resisting the ‘evangelical discourse’ of automation.” (Andrew Feenberg,  Author of Questioning Technology)              

“We are now a number of decades into the so-called digital revolution, and university campuses have hardly become the ‘relics’ some had predicted. In this sophisticated and perceptive study, Hamilton provides a compelling account of socio-technical change and contention in academia. He begins by returning to the heady ‘dot-com’ days of the 1990s to understand much more recent developments --such as MOOCs and blended learning-- as a complex contestation of social forces. As Hamilton makes clear, these forces include not only technology itself, but also capital, management priorities, and significantly, teacher and student agency. An important and impressively intelligent book!” (Norm Friesen, Associate Professor of Educational Technology, Boise State University, USA)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Online Education and the Politics of Technology

    Hamilton, Edward C.

    Pages 1-16

  • From Constructivism to Normative Critique: Technology, History, and Politics

    Hamilton, Edward C.

    Pages 17-45

  • The Age of Automation: The Technical Code of Online Education to 1980

    Hamilton, Edward C.

    Pages 47-72

  • The Age of Ambivalence: Early Experiments in Educational Computer Conferencing

    Hamilton, Edward C.

    Pages 73-100

  • The Age of Evangelism: From Online Education to the Virtual University

    Hamilton, Edward C.

    Pages 101-129

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-50351-0
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-50350-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Technology and the Politics of University Reform
Book Subtitle
The Social Shaping of Online Education
Authors
Series Title
Digital Education and Learning
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-50351-0
DOI
10.1057/9781137503510
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-50350-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 237
Topics