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Technology and ideology

I view technology as being imbued with ideology. Technology is not neutral. A learning management system reflects a certain view on the part of designers. Second Life does as well. Social bookmarking tools also. (see the trend?). Technology is frequently thought of as “whatever has happened in the last several decades” (or, as Alan Kay says “Technology is anything that wasn’t around when you were born”). Obviously, technology includes books, paper, pencils, even institutions. Which is why I found this discussion on the campus interesting:

First proposition: the campus, like the computer, is a technology, an instructional technology.
Second proposition: there are many students for whom the lecture hall and notetaking is a poor instructional technology, and who do not learn much in the conventional classroom
Third proposition: the campus is a very expensive instructional technology.

2 Comments

  1. arnon wrote:

    there should be a technology navigator tool to help ppl to control their advancement in a certain field/domain of knowledge. This should be like an assistant for self learning counseling. taking notes and class participation is limited by many restrictions and betray the intention of genuine information flow.
    A.I.

    Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 8:53 am | Permalink
  2. Janet Clarey wrote:

    The methodologies we use are also technologies; “soft” technologies. People tend to think of technologies as hardware/software/devices. Hadn’t thought of institutions that way. Thanks.

    Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 10:33 am | Permalink