One year ago, Professor Neil Selwyn from Monash University and myself, launched a call for an Special Collection at the International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education (ETHE dedicated to critical and diverse analyses of the reality of Educational Technology in universities, and today, with the publication of the editorial of the collection, the issue is complete.
I have to say that it is not a “customary” editorial, that is to say, it is not an introductory summary of the papers in the collection; I have had the immense opportunity to write with Professor Selwyn an article of critical reflection on educational technology today that has tickled my brain a lot… a lot to think about (on the subject, on how it is written, on my profession, on a thousand things)… not only now, for the future… and I wanted to share it with you:
More than tools? Making sense of the ongoing digitizations of higher education https://doi.org/10.1186/s41239-018-0109-y
In addition, I sincerely believe that the collection has turned out to be a very good collection of articles worth reading calmly, all of them with high quality and diverse points of view, and with a good combination of experience and freshness in the authorship of the texts.
Magnetic and multistable: reinterpreting the affordances of educational technology By Jesper Aagaard
The hidden architecture of higher education: building a big data infrastructure for the ‘smarter university’ By Ben Williamson
A critical review of mobile learning integration in formal educational contexts By Luís Pedro, Cláudia Barbosa and Carlos Santos
The complicity of digital technologies in the marketisation of UK higher education: exploring the implications of a critical discourse analysis of thirteen national digital teaching and learning strategies By Morag Munro
Personalisation in educational technology: the absence of underlying pedagogies By Antonio Bartolomé, Linda Castañeda and Jordi Adell
Three paradoxes in the approach to educational technology in the education studies of the Spanish universities By Joan Ferrés, Maria-Jose Masanet and Julio-César Mateus
Once the publication of the collection is finished, I would like to invite you to read them all and to reopen the discussion with your comments and contributions…. I think the articles are
more only interesting when they help us to build debate.
I would also like to thank Neil Selwyn from the bottom of my heart, for all that I have learned from him during this time, for the immense opportunity to count on him in this effort. I hope we can work together again, at least I’ve learned a lot.
Thanks to the ETHE Journal for its commitment to an issue like this one, closer to theory and reflection than to the issues that concern us so much lately and thanks a thousand to the magazine’s team (Josep, Elsa) for their invaluable help.
Obviously, to say that without the people who sign these papers the collection could not exist, I have confirmed my admiration for many of them and I have discovered others from whom I will surely continue to read things. I also hope to have the opportunity to meet those I don’t know yet… hopefully soon
Finally, thanks to all the people who sent us their manuscripts, whether or not they are in the final collection. Thank you for being concerned with, and working on, these issues.
The only way to think about EdTech is to think critically about it…. it is the only way to make it useful and relevant. That’s why I hope we all keep thinking….