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The political economy of networked learning communities in Higher Education

Date: 21 November 2007 Time: 12.30-2.00 pm

IAS Meeting Room 1, Dr Ian Greener Dr Linda Perriton,

Reader in Applied Social Sciences/ Senior Lecturer in Management Studies, Social Policy, University of Durham University of York

Ian Greener and Linda Perriton use the ill-fated UKeU experiment in providing UK higher education programmes online to students based overseas to explore how the concept of community in learning changes when deployed as part of the marketing rhetoric of a globalised educational product. They turn to frameworks from the field of political economy, rather than education, to argue that networked or e-learning represents a post-Fordist mode of educational provision. Its rhetorical emphasis on entrepreneurial, enterprise-driven behaviour permeates course provision, which is likely to be primarily vocational rather than academic and to include material generated by the private sector, rather than be the product of traditional academic activity.

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