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    The complicity of digital technologies in the marketisation of UK higher education: exploring the implications of a critical discourse analysis of thirteen national digital teaching and learning strategies


    Munro, Morag (2018) The complicity of digital technologies in the marketisation of UK higher education: exploring the implications of a critical discourse analysis of thirteen national digital teaching and learning strategies. International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education, 15 (11). ISSN 2365-9440

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    Abstract

    National strategies play a crucial role in framing how digital technologies are enacted in Higher Education (HE). This paper draws on some of the findings of a Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) of thirteen digital teaching and learning strategies issued by government departments and non-departmental public bodies in the UK between 2003 and 2013. It demonstrates that, across the strategies, digital technologies are depicted as tools for advancing the marketisation of UK HE. Rather ironically, the strategies are also fraught with contradictions and paradoxes with respect to the claimed relationships between digital technologies, learning, and markets. I argue that this problematic portrayal of digital technologies makes them complicit in the neoliberal erosion of UK HE.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: © The Author(s). 2018 Open Access This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made. Cite as: Munro, M. The complicity of digital technologies in the marketisation of UK higher education: exploring the implications of a critical discourse analysis of thirteen national digital teaching and learning strategies. Int J Educ Technol High Educ 15, 11 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1186/s41239-018-0093-2
    Keywords: Digital technologies; Higher education policy and strategy; Marketisation of HE; Neoliberalism; Critical discourse analysis;
    Academic Unit: Centre for Teaching and Learning
    Item ID: 13109
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1186/s41239-018-0093-2
    Depositing User: Morag Munro
    Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2020 16:29
    Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education
    Publisher: Springer
    Refereed: Yes
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