Hyperbole and Bad Faith

Each new week brings with it the publication of yet another book telling us how technological developments will damage, or are already damaging, humankind. We are becoming more stupid and less sociable; we are abandoning literature and we are eroding our attention span; we are sabotaging our privacy and we are relinquishing our right to […]

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Scottish Open Education Declaration

Open education can promote knowledge transfer while at the same time enhancing quality and sustainability, supporting social inclusion, and creating a culture of inter-institutional collaboration and sharing.  In addition, open education can expand access to education, widen participation, create new opportunities for the next generation of teachers and learners and prepare them to become fully […]

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Technologies of Imagination and Learning

Anne Balsamo, in her impressive work Designing Culture: the technological imagination at work, follows Bruno Latour‘s earlier use of the phrase Technologies of Imagination (PDF) by offering her own take on the expression. She sees it as: …the genre of technologies that serve as the scaffolding and platforms for the education and exercise of the technological imagination….technologies […]

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The Penny University

The coffeehouse was a place for like-minded scholars to congregate, to read, as well as to learn from and to debate with each other, but it was emphatically not a university institution, and the discourse there was of a far different order than any university tutorial. The coffeehouse thus occupied a social space distinct from […]

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Knowable Networked Communities

Raymond Williams, in The Country and the City, pondered the change in attitudes in English society, as portrayed in the literature of that country produced between the 16th and 19th centuries, brought about by the related processes of industrialisation and urbanisation, by the inexorable shift from country to city. In a chapter entitled Knowable Communities, […]

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