Online Learning Update

May 13, 2017

The Rise of Educational Technology as a Sociocultural and Ideological Phenomenon

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:02 am

by George Veletsianos and Rolin Moe, EDUCAUSE Review

The rise of educational technology is part of a larger shift in political thought, from favoring government oversight to asserting free-market principles, as well as a response to the increasing costs of higher education. The technocentric view that technology can solve these challenges combines with a vision of education as a product that can be packaged, automated, and delivered to students. Unless greater collaborative efforts take place between edtech developers and the greater academic community, as well as more informed deep understandings of how learning and teaching actually occur, any efforts to make edtech education’s silver bullet are doomed to fail.

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