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Universities, Disruptive Technologies, and Continuity in Higher Education

The Impact of Information Revolutions


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Gavin Moodie
    Pages 1-28
  3. Gavin Moodie
    Pages 29-46
  4. Gavin Moodie
    Pages 47-62
  5. Gavin Moodie
    Pages 63-87
  6. Gavin Moodie
    Pages 89-122
  7. Gavin Moodie
    Pages 123-141
  8. Gavin Moodie
    Pages 143-162
  9. Gavin Moodie
    Pages 163-192
  10. Gavin Moodie
    Pages 193-235
  11. Gavin Moodie
    Pages 237-267
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 269-275

About this book


This book seeks to understand the effects of the current information revolution on universities by examining the effects of two previous information revolutions: Gutenberg’s invention and proof of printing in 1450 and the Scientific Revolution from the mid- fifteenth to the end of the seventeenth century. Moodie reviews significant changes since the early modern period in universities’ students, libraries, curriculum, pedagogy, lectures, assessment, research, and the dissemination of these changes across the globe. He argues that significant changes in the transmission and dissemination of disciplinary knowledge are shaped by the interaction of three factors: financial, technological, and physical resources; the nature, structure and level of knowledge; and the methods available for managing knowledge.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.TorontoCanada

About the authors

Gavin Moodie is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Leadership, Higher, and Adult Education at the University of Toronto, Canada, and Adjunct Professor in Education at RMIT University, Australia. He has published over fifty journal articles, chapters, and encyclopedia entries on higher education policy. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Universities, Disruptive Technologies, and Continuity in Higher Education
  • Book Subtitle The Impact of Information Revolutions
  • Authors Gavin Moodie
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-54942-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-71515-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-54943-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 275
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Higher Education
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