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Literacy and the Digital University
Literacy and the Digital University
Robin GoodfellowMary R. Lea
INTRODUCTION: FROM ‘E-LEARNING’ TO ‘THE DIGITAL UNIVERSITY'

In Challenging E-learning in the University: A Literacies Perspective (Goodfellow and Lea, 2007), we discussed technology and university ideologies through the lens of the institutional practices of literacy. The conclusions we reached focused on what we saw as a decoupling of ‘technological agendas, policies and practices’ from ‘established authoritative knowledge spaces’ by which we meant academic disciplines (2007, pp. 141–142). We drew attention to the increasing professional and vocational purposes of the university, identified with a growing political focus on employment as the key purpose of higher education. We argued that the pedagogical techniques of e-learning seemed to find the knowledge focus of disciplines more difficult ...

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