ACM Ubiquity – Critical Theory: Ideology Critique and the Myths of E-Learning

ACM Ubiquity – Critical Theory: Ideology Critique and the Myths of E-Learning

Dr. Norm Friesen, the Canada Research Chair in E-Learning Practices at Thompson Rivers University, attacks three current “myths” of E-Learning using “Critical Theory“, a philosophical approach to understanding knowledge and its social sources and impacts. Do we really live in a “knowledge economy“? Do web applications really provide “anyone, anywhere, anytime” access? Does technology really drive social and institutional change? Or are these claims that are privileged as “common sense” primarily because they work to the benefit of hegemonic and conservative social interests?

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