Foundations of Science

, Volume 22, Issue 2, pp 363–371 | Cite as

The Online Education Controversy and the Future of the University

  • Andrew FeenbergEmail author


The neo-liberal reform of the university has had a huge impact on higher education and promises still more changes in the future. Many of these changes have had a negative impact on academic careers, values, and the educational experience. Educational technology plays an important role in the defense of neo-liberal reform, less through actual accomplishment than as a rhetorical justification for supposed “progress.” This paper outlines the main claims and consequences of this rhetorical strategy and its actual effects on the university to date.


Educational values Educational technology Automation Deprofessionalization Neo-liberalism Computer conferencing 


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  1. 1.VancouverCanada

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