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Global Educational Technology: A Luddite View PROCEEDINGS

, Athabasca University, Canada

Global Learn, in Penang, Malaysia ISBN 978-1-880094-79-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)


The 2011 bicentenary of the Luddite movement prompts us to ask: what would Ned Ludd think of today’s educational technologies? With many modern educators, he might complain that educational technologies create an impersonal style of teaching and learning, and devalue the teacher. He would probably agree that they have major potential for millions of distance-based students who cannot attend classroom-based education and training; but he might also conclude that current technologies stand little chance of being widely harnessed in education: for example, web-based methods in countries where the Internet is inaccessible; and mobile learning using 3- or 4G cell-phones, also rare in many non-western countries. The paper uses the Luddites’ views of workplace automation to explore how global educational technology practices might be improved. The paper considers the lessons of Asian distance education projects advised by the writer from 2004-09.


Baggaley, J. (2010). Global Educational Technology: A Luddite View. In Z. Abas, I. Jung & J. Luca (Eds.), Proceedings of Global Learn Asia Pacific 2010--Global Conference on Learning and Technology (pp. 1141-1149). Penang, Malaysia: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved December 17, 2017 from .