Knowledge as Commodity “Knowledge in the form of an informational commodity indispensable to productive power is already, and will continue to be, a major - perhaps the major - stake in the worldwide competition for power. It is conceivable that the nation-states will one day fight for control of information, just as they battled in the past for control over territory, and afterwards for control of access to and exploitation of raw materials and cheap labor”. Lyotard (1979)
Research Commodification 1950196019701980199020002010 Weingart Research Bibliometrics Science policy & research management h-index Databases Scholar best coverage for social science Hirsch Walters WoS Scopus Google Scholar Franceschet WoS & Scholar similar for computer science Tober Scopus & Scholar better for medical sciences
Commodification Phase 2 1950196019701980199020002010 Noble’s “Digital Diploma Mills” Jean-François Lyotard Research commodification Instruction Commercial Commodity Labour Administrative Power Roberts NQA
Globalization 1950196019701980199020002010 Educational Commodification Arundhati Roy Friedman Globalization Branding Hegemony Hidden Fist Naomi Klein GATT- TRIPS Copyright & IP
Learning Objects 1950196019701980199020002010 Globalization Reusable Learning Objects Wayne Hodgins LEGOIEEE SCORM Java Nirvana Oracle Learning Application Jacobsen Educational Commodification
Learning Objects – Objections 1950196019701980199020002010 Globalization Reusable Learning Objects Friensen Educational Commodification Ideologically driven Neutral content – Pedagogically irrelevant Standards have little to do with learning
Learning Management Systems 1950196019701980199020002010 Globalization First Generation Ismail Educational Commodification Did not foster learning Focused on management and measurement of training Market value of US$23 billion by 2004 Standard-driven Requires organization-wide support policies Based on a common e-learning language Second Generation
Open Courses Massive Open Online Courses Knowledge is networked Learning is about pruning or growing connections Scaling social dimension of learning Coming to know Control shiftsAbout complexity Cormier, D. and Siemens, G. 2010. Through the open door: Open courses as research, learning, and engagement. Educause Review, 45(4), 30-39.
Journal Publication Consortium Open Access Open Content Decreased Costs Copyright & IP FLOSS Acceptance Open Publication Science and Technology Education Journal – SATE-j March 2010
New Model Education Content, Technology & Production Propriety – Closed e.g. Blackboard Propriety – Open e.g. OpenClass FLOSS e.g. Moodle
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