Opinion or editorial blog entries from members and other scholars

Opinion or editorial blog entries from members and other scholars

Disrupting the quantification of ‘Internet Addiction’

This essay points to a global problem evident in the field of ‘Internet Addiction’. Heavy Internet use is positioned as problematic based on an outdated, self-selecting test, and an extraordinary amount of quantitative research that continues to perpetuate abnormality. The limitations of the research in this field are highlighted... read more...

Learning analytics, Foucault and the phantom menace

Author: Andrew Hope In lecture halls, classrooms, study areas and virtual learning environments something is haunting education… the ‘promise’ of data analytics. As part of the increasing...

Wicked Problems and Wicked Designs in Education and Technology

Author: Michael Henderson There is a fundamental crisis that the digital technology teaching and research community face: the dominance of stories about what we do with technology rather than what we...

Digital technologies and literacy education: More than a gimmick?

Author: Julie Faulkner In December 2013 The Age published a letter that continued the debate about our education system failing to meet student learning needs. Rather...

Ethics in social media research: do we know what we are doing?

Author: Michael Henderson Nicola F. Johnson Glenn Auld Phillip Dawson Social media, such as social network sites and blogs, are increasingly being used as core or ancillary components of...

The failure of MOOCs

Author: Phillip Dawson failure, noun: “The fact of failing to effect one’s purpose” (Oxford English Dictionary, failure, n. 3a) Have MOOCs failed us? This depends on their...

Silicon Valley goes to school – notes on Californian capitalism and the ‘disruption’ of...

Author: Neil Selwyn The entrepreneurial approach of Google, Facebook and their ilk is now increasingly touted as a means of addressing educational problems. But what does...

‘Clouds’ that reign over: learning to be surveilled in the ‘database school’

Author:  Andrew Hope On 6 June The Guardian and The Washington Post newspapers reported that under a programme known as Prism the National Security Agency and...

The complexity of living digital lives – challenges for research

Author: Nicola F. Johnson In the current climate of the internet age which we now find ourselves a part of, increasingly we are dependent upon various...

Online for learning? A quick checklist for online courses

Author: Neil Selwyn Online courses are a growing feature of K12 schooling.  Many Australian schools are beginning to experiment with online provision for some classes, following...