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Closing the series of video teasers of *Education and Technology: critical approaches* with Neil Selwyn

We’re closing today the series of video teasers of chapters in Education and Technology: critical approaches with Neil Selwyn, Professor of Education and Technology at Monash University, Australia.

Neil sent us an audio file, so I put together a slideshow with the Portuguese translation:

Neil is a key author on what is (arguably) becoming known as ‘Critical EdTech’. However, as far as I know, his work is not widely available in Portuguese: this post (in Portuguese) includes some recommendations and links to translated texts; subsequently, I translated ‘Educational Technology as ideology’ (from Distrusting Educational Technology – chapter in Portuguese) and ‘What do we mean by “education” and “tecnology”‘ (from Education and Technology: key issues and debates – chapter in Portuguese).

Closing for now: last week we had a face-to-face launch of the eBook – it was an excellent afternoon, but topic of another post…

Click here to download Neil’s e-Book chapter in Portuguese.

Click here to read the post (in Portuguese) on ‘Educational Technology as ideology’, from Distrusting Educational Technology.

Click here to read the post (in Portuguese) on  ‘What do we mean by “education” and “tecnology”‘, from Education and Technology: key issues and debates.

Click here to download the complete e-book.



New video: Alexandre Rosado talks about Education and Technology in literature in Portuguese

Sharing the next video in the series of tasters of the e-Book Education and Technology: critical approaches, today we bring Alexandre Rosado, who talks about the chapter entitled ‘Education and Technology in online academic literature in Portuguese‘, written in collaboration with myself and Jaciara Carvalho.

The chapter is an outcome of a careful literature survey and analysis conducted in 2016 specifically for the e-Book, having also the aim of creating a text we could use with students that need to produce literature reviews for projects, dissertations and theses.

This has been a particularly complex piece of writing to produce, not only because we’re three authors with reasonably different perspectives, experiences and styles but, mainly, because we didn’t want the result merely to denounce problems. Yes, there may problems with the literature in the area (and not only in Portuguese), but an important aspect of any approach that presents itself as ‘critical’ in any conception is to discuss alternatives, in addition to avoiding binaries and unfounded value judgments. I’m not sure we were completely successful in this, but we certainly – and bravely – tried!

So, here is Alexandre (audio in Portuguese, subtitles in English):

The chapter is relatively long (methodological details, in particular, take some space, but we allowed ourselves this freedom thinking of the possible uses that might be made of the text by/with researchers in training) and discusses several other issues, but Alexandre managed to raise some essential points.

So, we hope students and colleagues find the chapter useful not only as a ‘picture’, albeit limited, of our area, but also as an ‘example’, albeit imperfect, for surveys of related literature. We will be most grateful for feedback!

Click here to download the complete e-Book.

Click on the links that follow to download the chapter in Portuguese e in English.

Series of video teasers of the TICPE e-Book 2017: today, Ralph Ings Bannell!

Continuing with our series of video teasers produced by the contributors to Education and Technology: critical approaches, we have today a contribution by Ralph Ings Bannell, Associate Professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

We invited Ralph originally to write a preface for the volume, but A double-edged sword does much more than a simple presentation of chapters, one by one (integrated into the organiser’s Hybrid Resistance). To our surprise – and benefit of the readers! – he presented us with a text that, albeit longer than expected (especially by yours truly, who was already drowning in translations and revisions of the other chapters…), sheds light on issues and concerns that underpin practically all the book chapters, giving us lots of food for thought.

In his presentation, Ralph explains the structure of his piece:

Next week we shall be hosting Ralph and Raquel Goulart Barreto, who also wrote a chapter for the volume (Objects as subjects: the radical displacement), in a face-to-face launch of the book.

Click here to download the complete e-Book.

Click here to download a version in English of Raquel’s chapter.

Giota Alevizou presents her contribution to *Education and Technology: critical approaches”

We’re delighted to bring you today one more video teaser of a chapter in the e-Book Education and Technology: critical approaches. Today we’ve got Giota Alevizou, researcher at the UK Open University, presenting her piece ‘From mediation to datafication: theorising evolving trends in media, technology and learning‘.

The author articulates ideas from different areas – Media Theory, Political Philosophy and Education – to present a complex, yet interesting and relevant argument, relevant to anyone who distrusts (a term masterfully explored by another of the e-Book authors – Neil Selwyn – in this book) Promethean (‘rose-tinted’) perspectives on digital technology.

I’ll let Giota do the talking!

In a  previous post I recommended two other pieces by the author that appeared in Educação e Cultura Contemporânea, the journal published by our PPGE/UNESA: ‘Open to interpretation? Productive frameworks for understanding audience engagement with Open Educational Resources‘ (English only) and ‘De REA a MOOC: perspectivas críticas acerca das trajetórias históricas de mediação na Educação Aberta‘ (a Portuguese translation I prepared from the English original published in the International Journal of Media & Cultural Politics). I also recommend, as complementary reading from the e-Book, Martin Weller‘s and Jeremy Knox‘s chapters.

Click here to download the complete volume.

Click here to download a Portuguese version of Giota’s chapter.

The history of OER from Martin Weller’s perspective

I’m delighted to publish one more video teaser presenting another chapter from our e-Book  Education and Technology: critical approaches. Today we bring you Martin Weller, Professor of Educational Technology at the UK Open University, where he leads the OER Hub, a research centre dedicated to Open Educational Resources (OER).

Martin’s chapter, entitled ‘The development of new disciplines in education – the example of Open Education’, offers a view of the OER movement from the perspective of someone strongly engaged in the area since its origin. Watch Martin present the main ideas developed in his piece:

To complement this reading, I recommend Martin’s article ‘Different aspects of the emerging OER discipline‘, published last year in the Brazilian journal Contemporary Education and Culture. The journal published Martin’s original in English and a Portuguese translation I prepared. Also in Contemporary Education and Culture, you’ll find two articles by Giota Alevizou (also an e-Book author) which discuss Open Education from a perspective that combines political philosophy and media theories: ‘Open to interpretation? Productive frameworks for understanding audience engagement with Open Educational Resources‘ (English only) e ‘De REA a MOOC: perspectivas críticas acerca das trajetórias históricas de mediação na Educação Aberta‘ (my translation to Portuguese of the original published on the International Journal of Media & Cultural Politics – the original isn’t freely available, and the translation was done and published with the author’s and the publisher’s permissions).

From the literature in Portuguese, I recommend Andréia Inamorato Santos‘ chapter ‘Educação Aberta: histórico, práticas e o contexto dos Recursos Educacionais Abertos’ (Open Education: history, practices and the context of OER), in Recursos Educacionais Abertos: práticas colaborativas e políticas públicas (unfortunately I’ve not managed to find the book online at this point – it’s been previously avaiable on the site of Projeto REA-Brasil, via this page).

If you want to venture in the field of ‘openness’,  Martin has an interesting CC-by book: The Battle for Open – how openness won and it doesn’t feel like a victory (three different download formats, English only). In an area laterally related to OER, he’s published The Digital Scholar, another openly available book (in this case, as HTML for online reading). In this one he discusses the impact of digital technologies and Web 2.0 on academic and scholarly practice, analysing the changes that have occurred in other areas, including the music and movie industries.

Last but not least, I recommend Martin’s excellent blog.

Clarifying: I’m delighted to publish this post, as whilst I prepared the subtitles for the video, I was reminded of my arrival at the OU in 1998, when I ‘landed’ directly in the presentation of the university’s first online course (this article describes the basic ideas of a course that, like all the OU courses, was lovingly known by its code – T171). The course had been created by three ‘pioneers’ of online education (in addition to Martin, John Naughton – read his articles published on The Guardian – and Gary Alexander, who retired shortly after that), and provided a basis for Martin’s first book, Delivering learning on the net. In this course, I worked as a tutor and part of the presentation team, chaired by Martin – we were all ‘pioneers’ at that time, in a way, and I learned a great deal with his calm and unpretentious way of dealing with the many challenges facing the team (for example, to hire and train tutors to support 12k students in groups of 15, max!). I was also reminded of the motion, around the end of 1999, around the ideas of free software / open source and their possibilities for education (the widely known OpenLearn project was not the first OER initiative developed there  – I told a bit of this ‘hidden history’ – to borrow some words from Audrey Watters‘ chapter in the eBook – in this article I wrote with Alexandra Okada – English only).

Avoiding further nostalgic digressions, I wish everyone good readings, taking the opportunity to highlight we’ve got also video presentations of the e-Book chapters by Lesley Gourlay, Jeremy Knox, Richard Hall and Audrey Watters!

Lesley Gourlay talks about her chapter in *Education and Technology: critical approaches *

We are pleased to continue the series of video presentations by authors who contributed chapters to our 2017 e-Book Education and Technology: critical approaches, bringing you, today, Lesley Gourlay, Reader at the Institute of Education, UCL, London. The author talks about her chapter “Re-embodying the digital university”:

The chapter offers pertinent and profound questions; in particular, the author challenges the binary ‘digital’ vs. ‘material’, an idea that supports a great deal of discussion on the presence of digital technologies in education. This is worth a reading!

You might also like to watch already published presentations by some of the other book contributors: Audrey Watters, Richard Hall and Jeremy Knox. Alternatively, find the videos directly on our YouTube channel.

Click here to download the complete e-Book.

We also prepared a separate Portuguese version of Lesley’s chapter that can be downloaded here.


We now give the floor to … Jeremy Knox!

Continuing the series of video teasers of the chapters in the e-Book Education and Technology: critical approaches, we now give the floor to Jeremy Knox, Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.  The main theme of ‘How goes the revolution: three themes in the shifting MOOC landscape’ ” is, obviously, the Massive Open Online Course:

Jeremy also talks about Learning Analytics and raises important questions concerning the increasing use of automation in education.  We recommend a back-to-back reading of Ralph Ings Bannell‘s preface, ‘A double-edged sword’, which, amongst other issues, tackles the question of automation enabled by the latest developments in AI. Giota Alevizou‘s piece ‘From mediation to datafication: theorising evolving trends in media, technology and learning’ also tackles related issues within the broader context of Open Education, which is treated from a historical perspective by Martin Weller in his chapter ‘The development of new disciplines in education – the example of Open Education’.

Prior to this chapter in the e-Book, we had already published in Diálogos a translation of another piece by Jeremy: Cinco críticas ao movimento REA (in Portuguese). Unfortunately, the original blog post in English (linked to in that post) is no longer available, but Jeremy published an article based on it in Teaching in Higher Education: “Five critiques of the Open Educational Resources Movement“.

He also has an excellent book on MOOC: Posthumanism and the Massive Open Online Course , published by Routledge in 2016 – compulsory reading to anyone thinking about MOOC who may want a more substantiated reading that goes much beyond the usual exaggerated claims about their ‘disruptive’ powers.

This is the link for contacts with the author via Twitter –

Click here to download the complete e-Book.

A separate Portuguese version of the chapter is available here – and the translation to Portuguese of Five Critiques of the OER Movement can be downloaded here.