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An Extended Conceptual Matrix for the Digital University

  • Bill Johnston
  • Sheila MacNeill
  • Keith Smyth
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Part of the Digital Education and Learning book series (DEAL)

Abstract

In this chapter, the Matrix introduced in Chap.  3 is revisited and extended to provide a more fully developed analytical tool for the academic and organisational development of the digital university. In extended form, the Matrix refocuses the original four quadrants of digital participation, information literacy, learning environment, and curriculum and course design and incorporates the themes of critical pedagogy, open education, praxis, and education as public good, which have been developed in the preceding chapters. The Matrix is offered as an analytical and practical tool, which can be best used in situations where value pluralism is adopted as the basis of development practice. Current developmental thinking is critiqued, and approaches drawn from Freire’s work on critical symbols, culture circles, and praxis are advocated as complementary extensions of development practice. The need to engage with the human dimension of development and avoid the reductionism of neoliberal accounts of the digital university is emphasised and detailed discussion of how the Matrix can be used in practice is provided.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bill Johnston
    • 1
  • Sheila MacNeill
    • 2
  • Keith Smyth
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Psychological Science and HealthUniversity of StrathclydeGlasgowUK
  2. 2.Academic Quality and DevelopmentGlasgow Caledonian UniversityGlasgowUK
  3. 3.Learning and Teaching AcademyUniversity of the Highlands and IslandsInvernessUK

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