Digital Difference

Perspectives on Online Learning

  • Ray Land
  • Siân Bayne

Part of the Educational Futures Rethinking Theory and Practice book series (EDUFUT, volume 50)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Digital Selfhood

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Cate Thomas
      Pages 3-14
    3. Hamish Macleod, Jen Ross
      Pages 15-27
    4. Maggi Savin-Baden, Christine Sinclair, Christine Sanders, Second Wind
      Pages 29-42
  3. Transformations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Colleen Mckenna, Claire Mcavinia
      Pages 45-60
  4. Politics of the Digital

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Michael Begg David Dewhurst, Hamish Macleod, Rachel Ellaway
      Pages 73-82
    3. Leah P. Macfadyen, Anne Hewling
      Pages 83-100
    4. Debbie Holley, Martin Oliver
      Pages 101-113
  5. A Different Generation?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Axel Bruns
      Pages 133-144
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 171-184

About this book


A sense of disquietude seems ever present when discussing new digital practices. The transformations incurred through these can be profound, troublesome in nature and far-reaching. Moral panics remain readily available. Discussing the manner in which digital culture within education might differ from its ‘analogue’ predecessors incurs the risk of resorting to increasingly roadworn meta¬phors of new frontiers, ‘cyber’ domains, inter-generational conflicts and, inevitably, the futurist utopias and dystopias characterised by Western media throughout the twentieth century. These imaginings now seem to belong to an earlier era of internet thinking. We are freer, over two decades on, to re-evaluate digital difference from new perspectives. Are digital learning environments now orthodox, or do the rapidly emerging technologies hold a new promise and a new arena of difference for pedagogical practice? What are the points of rift, and the points of continuity, between virtual learning spaces and their equivalents in the real? What qualities of difference should concern us now? The writings in this collection from three continents reflect a complex embrace of culture, power and technology. Topics range from social questions of consumption, speed, uncertainty, and risk to individual issues of identity, selfhood and desire. Ethical issues arise, involving equity and authority, as well as structural questions of order and ambiguity. From these themes emerges an engaging agenda for future educational research and practice in higher education over the coming decade. The book will interest teachers, practitioners and managers from all disciplines, as well as educational researchers.

Editors and affiliations

  • Ray Land
    • 1
  • Siân Bayne
    • 2
  1. 1.University of StrathclydeUK
  2. 2.University of EdinburghUK

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