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Critical Pedagogy


Blended: In‐Person & Online | Vancouver

Begins July 2015 |

The University of British Columbia

Faculty of Education

MEd in Curriculum Studies

This program emphasizes engaged and sustained intellectual education activism, informed by critical pedagogy along with research, teaching, and evaluation methods that transform schools into ‘laboratories of democracy’ for the 21st century.

The CPEA cohort will support the creative combination of scholarship and activism within education, encouraging critical reflection on both the conceptual and practical potential and limitations of that tradition.

Core Themes: solidarity, engagement, and critical analysis & research

  • Solidarity—reflects a core value of mutual support and reciprocity within and across various educational stakeholder groups that share common interests
  • Engagement—reflects the idea that research is situational and kept dynamic when created and tested with groups actively working toward positive change
  • Critical analysis and research—reflect the expectation that critical pedagogy and education activism are richly informed by conceptual depth, empirical evidence and ethical know‐how

Program Delivery

The cohort will include face-to-face instruction in courses taught in a centrally-located Vancouver site and flexible, blended formats that mix on-site and online learning.

In addition, there are two key intensive experiences: a Summer Institute and a Summer Symposium.

The culminating MEd Graduating Project will be facilitated through a series of meetings over the span of the program, and through individual or small group advising with the cohort supervisory team.

Information Session Meet program advisors and learn more about applying to become a UBC graduate student.

Wednesday, December 3 | Vancouver

BC Teachers’ Federation

4:00‐5:30 p.m.

100 ‐ 550 West 6th Avenue| Map

Application Deadline

January 23

Please visit the program website for more information, or contact Linda (





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Volume 10 Number 2 2013     ISSN 2042-7530


Exploring the Educational Potential of Open Educational Resources


Markus Deimann & Norm Friesen. Introduction. Exploring the Educational Potential of Open Educational Resources OPEN ACCESS

Stefanie Panke & Tina Seufert. What’s Educational about Open Educational Resources? Different Theoretical Lenses for Conceptualizing Learning with Open Educational Resources

Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams & Michael Paskevicius. ‘It’s Not Their Job to Share Content’: a case study of the role of senior students in adapting teaching materials as open educational resources at the University of Cape Town

Glenda Cox. Researching Resistance to Open Educational Resource Contribution: an activity theory approach

Melody M. Terras, Judith Ramsay & Elizabeth Boyle. Learning and Open Educational Resources: a psychological perspective

Sandra Peter & Lesley Farrell. From Learning in Coffee Houses to Learning with Open Educational Resources

Markus Deimann. Open Education and Bildung as Kindred Spirits

Norm Friesen & Judith Murray. ‘Open Learning 2.0’? Aligning Student, Teacher and Content for Openness in Education



Daniel Araya. Thinking Forward: Theo Gray and the Future of the Book

Daniel Araya. Interview with Jiang Qiping

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Open Educational Resources (OER) are defined as the ‘… technology-enabled, open provision of educational resources for consultation, use and adaptation by a community of users for non-commercial purposes. They are typically made freely available over the Web or the Internet …’ (UNESCO, 2002).

The idea of providing free access to knowledge of virtually any subject area was taken on by high profile institutions such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with the OpenCourse Ware (OCW) and the Open University UK with OpenLearn. All initiatives have received tremendous attention in higher education and have been inspiring other institutions to follow the OER movement, as evidenced by the growing membership of the OpenCourseWare Consortium.

Along with the increase of OER programmes there has also been an increase of research into the development, circulation and use of these resources. However, such research has so far focused on technical, legal, and political issues to the detriment of the core issue of education.

For example, the meaning of the term ‘educational’ in OER is open to question: ‘Does it mean that only materials produced with the intention of being used within formal educational settings should be included?’ (Hylen, 2006). In addition to that, conceptual work on the question of ‘openness’ in relation to pedagogy is also needed. Pioneering work has been undertaken in the OLCOS Roadmap 2012 (Geser, 2007) and in the UNESCO report quoted above, but it has been argued that we must also move to Open Educational Practices, i.e., that providing free access to content is only half the story. In a similar vein, Sclater (2011) claims that OER can demonstrate new form of course structure and pedagogy as they are able to free learners from traditional requirements (e.g., admission criteria).

With this special double issue of the journal E-Learning and Digital Media ( we seek to investigate these claims and bridge this gap in research.

We are inviting contributions that deal with the following aspects:

* Conceptual work that describes teaching and/or learning with OER
* Which educational constructs or theories are of importance in conceptualizing OER?
* Looking back in the history of education, which events have had similarities with OER and can thus be utilised to conceptualise OER today?
* Empirical work reporting on experiences with the sharing, re-using and repurposing of OER using a specific instructional or pedagogical approach such as case studies or best practices

Geser, G. (2007) Open Educational Practices and Resources. OLCOS Roadmap 2012. Salzburg Research.
Hylen, J. (2006) Open Educational Resources: opportunities and challenges. Paris: OECD.
Sclater, N. (2011) Open Educational Resources: motivations, logistics and sustainability, in Content Management for E-Learning, pp.  179-193. New York: Springer.

This special double issue will also include articles by invitation. 

Please signal intent by May 1 2011 by sending abstracts (300 words) to the editors:

Markus Deimann, FernUniversität in Hagen:
Norm Frisen, Thompson Rivers University:
Michael A. Peters, University of Illinois:



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A New E-book by Jeremy Hunsinger 

See the E-book at: which is where you can download it. This book was produced for the 10th anniversary of Jeremy Hunsinger’s research center at Virginia Tech: the Center for Digital Discourse and Culture

The e-book is free in cost, free to copy, free to distribute.  The volume confronts many of the issues in contemporary academia as it meets the internet and computing in all of its sphere with many specific contributions on academic publishing, e-research, the history of the center, and related topics.

Contributions to the volume are:

Timothy W. Luke and Jeremy Hunsinger

The Book Unbound: Reconsidering One-Dimensionality in the Internet Age
Ben Agger

Fluid Notes on Liquid Books
Gary Hall

What Can Technology Teach Us about Texts? (and Texts about Technology?)
Jean-Claude Guédon

Open Works, Open Cultures, and Open Learning Systems
Michael A. Peters

Textscapes and Landscapes: A Settler Poet Goes On-Line
Brian Opie

Reweaving the World: The Web as Digital Discourse and Culture
Timothy W. Luke

Electronic Theses and Dissertations: Progress, Issues, and Prospects
Edward A. Fox, Gail McMillan, and Venkat Srinivasan

From gunny sacks to mattress vine: notes on Douglas Engelbart, Tim O’Reilly, and the natural world
Sue Thomas

The Pleasures of Collaboration
Thom Swiss

Info-Citizens: Democracy, Expertise and Ownership in European Research Funding
Timothy W. Luke and Jeremy Hunsinger

The New River: Collected Editors’ Notes
Ed Falco, et. al.

On the Origins of the Cute as a Dominant Aesthetic Category in Digital Culture Dylan E. Wittkower Culture, Media, Globalization
Mark Poster

Barack Obama and Celebrity Spectacle
Douglas Kellner

A Short History of the Center for Digital Discourse and Culture
Jeremy Hunsinger

Digital Research and Tenure & Promotion in Colleges of Arts and Sciences: A Thought Piece
Theodore R. Schatzki

Jeremy Hunsinger
Center for Digital Discourse and Culture
Virginia Tech


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Uncertainty in Higher Education



Universities as Knowledge Institutions in the Networked Age


The journal Policy Futures in Education (PFIE) – available online at – will publish a special issue on the impact of information technology and the Internet on universities: to keep and develop their role as knowledge institutions, how should universities reshape in this new environment? Sub-topics, such as open access to scientific literature and distance learning, have an established track of studies and proposals. However, it has not been common so far to aim at an integrated analysis of how universities will and should change to accommodate the changes brought by cyberspace in their specific role of knowledge user, processor, producer and disseminator.

One topic to be addressed is how the process of learning within universities will change because of the Internet and digital devices. For centuries, college student were educated by listening to their professor read aloud selected books taken from the university library (‘lesson’ comes, in fact, from ‘lectio’, Latin for ‘reading session’). Gutenberg changed that by making books cheaper and therefore more amenable to individual ownership and private reading, but the typical university lesson ended up not changing much anyway. Thanks to technology, we are now experiencing, at least potentially, a Renaissance of learning methods: from e-books to podcasts, from virtual worlds classrooms to streaming, from computer-assisted learning to videogames, the avenues of learning have increased dramatically. Are we heading towards purely technology-mediated learning strategies? Is the old Socratic professor-student direct approach completely obsolete? Doesn’t the wider spectrum of approaches offer the opportunity to educate those students who have always been uncomfortable with the traditional approach? What about the impact on lifelong learning?

A second topic is how research will be affected by the Internet. A major potential impact will be on the way research results will be communicated in the future. The scientific paper as a rhetorical device is increasingly under pressure in favour of more flexible, digitally-enabled forms of communication, mostly based on semantic web technologies. How would the decline of the scientific paper affect science? What about the role of search engines in the future of research? Will the Internet enable new forms of evaluation of scientific results? How would that change the centuries-old mechanism of recognition and promotion within the scientific community? Moreover, the transition towards digital knowledge seem to affect trends towards commercialization of knowledge at universities and knowledge institutions, and the impact those trends have on knowledge generation. Additionally, the Internet seem to be increasing the tension between the growing specialization of research activities and the aspiration towards increased interdisciplinarity.

The third topic regards how should universities use cyberspace to best implement their mission with respect to society. In recent years society has been asking universities to do more than simply – albeit crucially – educate students and produce new academic knowledge. The list of new demands include life-long education, open access to scientific papers and educational resources, and encouragement and support for spin-offs and start-ups. But is that it? Of course not. Public education, at all levels, was born with a clear mandate to educate citizens and to increase social mobility, not simply provide students with marketable skills and bookshelves with new scientific journals. Moreover, in our age the increasingly complex problems that we are facing as society, from global warming to water supplies, from the environment to energy issues, from the challenges (and opportunities) presented by bio-genetics and nanotechnology, don’t call for a renewal of the concept of University as Public Institution? In other words, don’t universities – as institutions as well as through their individual researchers – have a duty to engage more frequently in the public sphere, placing their super skills and knowledge at the service of citizens – and their representatives – to allow them to properly deliberate? If so, how? What would be appropriate and what would, instead, constitute a deontological breach of professorial decorum and integrity? If it is indeed important, shouldn’t universities allow/favour internal organizational changes to better implement such social role? How is that social role linked to freedom of research? Is the growing need of universities in many countries to court potential private investors (or governments) affecting it? If so, what could the consequences be for our societies? Doesn’t the Internet offer extraordinary tools to empower the public sphere presence of universities, professors and students, and to help to reduce social and cultural divides?

The special issue builds upon the COMMUNIA 2010 Conference on University and Cyberspace – Reshaping Knowledge Institutions for the Networked Age, held at Turin, 28-30 June 2010.

Submitters can visit the conference site and access material originating from the conference at

Possible issues relating to the above topics include:

– Digital Natives: how will the characteristics of the new generations of students, faculty and staff shape the future of universities?
– The Spatial Infrastructure: physical and virtual spaces for higher education
– The Use of Digital Technology in the Classroom
– Open Access to Scientific Results (papers, data, software)
– Open Educational Resources
– Educational Videogames
– Digital Devices as Platform for Learning
– Non-formal Education via the Internet
– Digital Divide and Higher Education
– Long-term Knowledge Preservation in a Digital Age
– Academic Production and the Knowledge Commons
– Digital and Physical Social Networks
– Intellectual Property and Academic Production
– Physical and Digital Library
– Semantic Web Technologies Applied to Scientific Results and Educational Resources

Papers should be sent as email attachments:

Deadline for submissions: 15 January 2011

All papers submitted will be evaluated using the PFIE’s normal peer review process. Please also see the Journal’s information for authors:


Dr Philippe Aigrain
CEO, Sopinspace
4, passage de la Main d’Or
F-75011 Paris

Professor Juan Carlos De Martin
Co-Director, NEXA Center for Internet & Society
Politecnico di Torino – DAUIN
Corso Duca degli Abruzzi, 24
I-10129 TORINO

Urs Gasser
Executive Director
Berkman Center for Internet & Society
23 Everett Street, 2nd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Canada International Conference on Education (CICE-2010), April 26-28, 2010, Toronto, Canada: 

The CICE is an international refereed conference dedicated to the advancement of the theory and practices in education. The CICE promotes collaborative excellence between academicians and professionals from Education.

The aim of CICE is to provide an opportunity for academicians and professionals from various educational fields with
cross-disciplinary interests to bridge the knowledge gap, promote research esteem and the evolution of pedagogy. The CICE 2010 invites research papers that encompass conceptual analysis, design implementation and performance evaluation. All the accepted papers will appear in the proceedings and modified version of selected papers will be published in special issues peer reviewed journals.

The topics in CICE-2009 include but are not confined to the following areas:
*Academic Advising and Counselling
*Art Education
*Adult Education
*APD/Listening and Acoustics in Education Environment
*Business Education
*Counsellor Education
*Curriculum, Research and Development
*Competitive Skills
*Continuing Education
*Distance Education
*Early Childhood Education
*Educational Administration
*Educational Foundations
*Educational Psychology
*Educational Technology
*Education Policy and Leadership
*Elementary Education
*Geographical Education
*Geographic information systems
*Health Education
*Higher Education
*Home Education
*Human Computer Interaction
*Human Resource Development
*Indigenous Education
*ICT Education
*Internet technologies
*Imaginative Education
*Kinesiology & Leisure Science
*Language Education
*Mathematics Education
*Mobile Applications
*Multi-Virtual Environment
*Music Education
*Physical Education (PE)
*Reading Education
*Writing Education
*Religion and Education Studies
*Research Assessment Exercise (RAE)
*Rural Education
*Science Education
*Secondary Education
*Second life Educators
*Social Studies Education
*Special Education
*Student Affairs
*Teacher Education
*Cross-disciplinary areas of Education
*Ubiquitous Computing
*Virtual Reality
*Wireless applications
*Other Areas of Education

Immportant Date:
Research Paper, Case Study, Work in Progress and Report Submission Date: December 15, 2009 
Notification of Paper, Case Study, Work in Progress and Report Submission Date: December 28, 2009
Author(s) and Participant(s) Registration: January 15, 2010 
Early Bird Attendee registration: January 15, 2010 
Late Bird Attendee registration: Febuary 15, 2010
Conference Dates: April 26-28, 2010 

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