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Brabazon, Tara
The University of Google : education in the (post) information age / Tara Brabazon
Aldershot, Hampshire, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, c2007
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 4th Floor  LB2395.7 .B738 2007    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Education, Higher -- Effect of technological innovations on
Internet in higher education
Teaching
Physical Description 234 p. ; 25 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [223]-224) and index
Contents Living (in the) post -- BA (Google) : graduating to information literacy -- Digital Eloi and analogue Morlocks -- Stretching flexible learning -- An i-diots guide to i-lectures -- Popular culture and the sensuality of education -- Exploiting knowledge? -- Deglobalizing education -- Burning towers and smoldering truth : September 11 and the changes to critical literacy -- The gift : why education matters
Review "Looking at schools and universities, it is difficult to pinpoint when education, teaching and learning started to haemorrhage purpose, aspiration and function. Libraries and librarians have been starved of funding. Teachers cram their curricula with 'skill development' and 'generic competence' because knowledge, creativity and originality are too expensive to provide to unmotivated students and parents obsessed with league tables, not learning." "Meanwhile, the internet offers a glut of information on everything-under-the-sun, a mere mouse-click away. Bored surfers fill their cursors and minds with irrelevancies. We lose the capacity to sift, discard and judge. Information is no longer for social good, but for sale." "Tara Brabazon argues that this information fetish has been profoundly damaging to our learning institutions and to the ambitions of our students and educators. In The University of Google she projects a defiant and passionate vision of education as a pathway to renewal, where research is based on searching and students are on a journey through knowledge, rather than consumers in the shopping centre of cheap ideas." "The University of Google is based on real teaching experience and on years of engaged and sometimes exasperated reflection on it. It is far from a Luddite critique of the information age. Tara Brabazon celebrates the possibilities of digital platforms in education, but deplores the consequences of placing funding on technology and not teachers. In doing so, she opens a new debate on how to make our educational system both productive and provocative in the (post) information age."--BOOK JACKET

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