Learning Management Systems as sites of surveillance, control, and corporatization: A review of the critical literature PROCEEDINGS
Catherine Adams, University of Alberta, Canada
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in San Diego, CA, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-78-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
This paper examines the educational research literature regarding enterprise-scale Learning Management Systems (LMSs) such as BlackBoard, Moodle and Desire2Learn. Specific criticisms leveled against LMSs are detailed. In particular, concerns have been raised regarding Learning Management Systems’ “traditionalist” design pedagogies, power, control and surveillance issues, and the corporatization of academic labor. Suggested research directions are proposed to investigate some of these critical concerns and issues.
Adams, C. (2010). Learning Management Systems as sites of surveillance, control, and corporatization: A review of the critical literature. In D. Gibson & B. Dodge (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2010--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 252-257). San Diego, CA, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved November 15, 2018 from https://www.learntechlib.org/primary/p/33345/.
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