Opinion or editorial blog entries from members and other scholars

Opinion or editorial blog entries from members and other scholars

The Facebook Paradox in Education

Facebook is increasingly used by teachers as a user-friendly, student-centred, collaborative online learning environment. However, there also exists a paradox in Facebook use; some of the more frequently promoted advantages can actually lead to problematic outcomes.

Pokèmon Go – shallow, time wasting phone game or ‘killer app’?

Julie Faulker and David Elliott question the hyper virality of Pokèmon Go in relation to the rapid circulation of popular digital texts. Why this game, now, when (arguably better) augmented reality games have been around for ten years?

The digital labor of digital learning

Neil Selwyn writes on how digital technologies are altering the nature of education work … not always for the best.

The pen is dead? Long live the digital

Dr Edwin Creely, LNM graduate researcher, writes about the encroachment of digital technologies into the pedagogy of literacy educators and the materiality of writing practice: "...the pen and the pencil appear to evoke memories of another time and another world: the analogue world where the art of writing was visceral and haptic and where the skill of producing a script was venerated."

Victorian school students fail to meet ICT standards

Digital technology use in schools is clearly not working, at least not in the way that we are led to believe. In October this year, the fourth ICT national assessment program (NAP) data will be released by ACARA. Since ICT NAP testing began a decade ago, no more than 66% of students at Year 6 or Year 10 across the country have achieved national minimum standards – a far cry from the 90% of students meeting similar standards for NAPLAN testing.

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 Heavy Internet use is positioned as problematic based on an outdated, self-selecting test, and an extraordinary amount of quantitative research that continues to perpetuate abnormality.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...