Not that long ago ‘Digital’ was spoken of as a force that would revolutionise education. Fast forward a few years and the majority of what is now called Technology Enhanced Learning is actually Technology Replicated Admin. Instead of harnessing the network to connect, commune and collaborate ‘eLearning’ is predominantly a form of scaled-up bureaucracy. That’s because it’s what the students demand – they want quick and easy transactions not anxiety inducing transformation (who doesn’t). What’s inconvenient is that learning involves people, not information ingesting robots. We are sure (despite what the government might hope) you don’t want to work at an institution where the key graduate attribute is ‘unquestioning worker bee’. So how do we create institutional cultures where the digital isn’t amplifying that approach but is instead a place suffused with the messiness, vulnerability and humanity inherent in meaningful learning?
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