Digital Technology and the Contemporary University examines the
often messy realities of higher education in the 'digital age'.
Drawing on a variety of theoretical and empirical perspectives, the
book explores the intimate links between digital technology and
wider shifts within contemporary higher education - not least the
continued rise of the managerialist 'bureaucratic' university. It
highlights the ways that these new trends can be challenged, and
possibly changed altogether.
Addressing a persistent gap in higher education and educational
technology research, where digital technology is rarely subject to
an appropriately critical approach, "Degrees of Digitization"
offers an alternative reading of the social, political, economic
and cultural issues surrounding universities and technology. The
book highlights emerging themes that are beginning to be recognised
and discussed in academia, but as yet have not been explored
thoroughly. Over the course of eight wide-ranging chapters the book
addresses issues such as:
- The role of digital technology in university reform;
- Digital technologies and the organisation of universities;
- Digital technology and the working lives of university
- Digital technology and the 'student experience';
- Reimagining the place of digital technology within the
This book will be of great interest to all students, academic
researchers and writers working in the areas of education studies
and/or educational technology, as well as being essential reading
for anyone working in the areas of higher education research and
digital media research."
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