Letters & Bytes

18 11 2009
Letters & Bytes

Letters & Bytes

I finally handed in my dissertation! The defence is scheduled for the 18th of december. I’m both happy and nervous. Happy about finishing it, and nervous about the finality of sending it to the printers. Now I just need to handle the defence…

Technology is everywhere in education: in the seating arrangements in the classroom, in the coordination of work, and in the delivery of lectures. In each and every educational meeting technology shapes interaction, pedagogy, and knowledge. However, technology is not a neutral tool that can be used in any way the teacher sees fit. Technology is permeated with hypotheses about its use, technological solutions, and social interests. Regarded in this manner technology becomes a complex and vital part of structuring educational practice.

Letters & Bytes uses distance education to explore technology as a powerful force that affects education. Through a number of cases the book investigates the history and a possible future of distance education. The historical case is correspondence education in the mid 20th century. The future illustration is Learning Objects, a developing standardized technology for reusing educational material. In exploring these cases the author emphasizes how technology not only shapes educational practice, but also how technology is steeped in economy, markets, education, knowledge, and other technological solutions.

In engaging educational technology, Letters & Bytes has both a theoretical and reflective motive. The point of departure being that techno-advocates often proclaim New Technology as a reformer that will reshape education. This rhetoric draws on two arguments. The first is that technology will reform education from the outside, and the second that technology can be used in any manner that the teacher sees fit. The involvement of technology in complex social and material processes makes these two positions untenable. This book seeks to sort out these fundamental misconceptions.





B/W Metal Photography Week

20 03 2009

Sometimes it’s hard to decide what to shoot. The possibilities are just too immense, and it’s hard to break out of the mundaneness of the everyday objects that you see around you. To remedy this social blindness, me and a friend decided that this week is B/W metal photography week.

Here are the pics so far.





CF Helgesson New Professor at Tema-T

7 01 2009

CFWe’ve been waiting for a new professor in Economy and Technology for several years at our department. Before x-mas the search committee had finally ranked the candidates. The top candidate was Claes Fredrik Helgesson from the Stockholm School of Economics and SCORE. CF Helgesson has a strong interest in economy, medical technology, as well as STS and Actor-Network Theory. He’s going to be a great addition to the department. Now, only the rector and the salary negotiation stand between him and the appointment. If all goes well, he’ll start this summer.





New Year

5 01 2009

This blog has been asleep for a long time now. But it’s not dead. I’m now a father of Reuben, who’s 14 months. I’m working half time on my dissertation and the other half I’m taking care of Reuben.

I’ve finished one article during this year, which has been submitted to STHV, and I have just finished the first draft of a second article. Both of them are about the inscription of social and pedagogical values into digital standards in education. I’m also planning to finish a first draft version of my dissertation for my 80% seminar before the end of January.

Between all these activities, I’m also going to find some time to blog!





Good Copy Bad Copy

22 05 2008

I recently spoke to a friend in the music industry: he had given up. His friend’s kids in fourth grade looked at him like a lunatic when he asked what they thought of record stores. They had never been to one. A 20-something relative of mine watches and listens to all media on his laptop in his parents home. He doesn’t own a single record. What’s happening with digital information?

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The Danish documentary GOOD COPY BAD COPY takes a global view on digital reproduction and remixing. It traces copyright and digital reproduction in the US, Russia, Brazil, and Nigeria, and shows the variety of ways that people and societies handle infinite replication without quality loss. How does a county without copyright handle movie making? How do low cost producers and DJs in Brazil make money? Recommended viewing.

Also check out this blogpost on DRM.





STS Search Engine

20 03 2008

A New STS search engine has been launched as a google custom search. It searches STHV, SSS, 4s online. It’s a bit limited in scope, not including a lot of other STS journals out there. But it’s a start. 





More STS Radio

7 03 2008

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In Our Time

Big Ideas

Philosopher’s Zone

Radiolab

[Via Jeremy Hunsinger and the STSGrad mailing list]








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