Keynote Speech on Literacy and Learning Technologies from Eurocall03

http://iet.open.ac.uk/pp/r.goodfellow/Euroc03/talk.htm

This is the text of the keynote speech at the recent European Association for Computer Assisted Language Learning in Limerick, Ireland. The speech is by Dr. Robin Goodfellow (no, not that other guy) of the UK Open University. It’s longish but I found it worth the read, in part because there were lots of useful references to be picked up along the way. And I must say that where the paper ends up got the cultural theorist in me stirred up a bit

“Thus we arrive at the conclusion that the literacies of online learning environments, for all the revolutionary and progressive claims, continue to be constructed by, and in turn to construct, the discourses and forms of social action of the embodied world, in particular of the institutions, corporations, schools, colleges, and universities, very largely English-speaking and technology-owning, in whose interests the globalisation of education is proceeding”

It’s pretty easy not to talk about these issues. Much harder to not just ‘go along.’ I’m mostly berating myself on this point. It’s 3 in the morning. Good night. – SWL

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Keynote Speech on Literacy and Learning Technologies from Eurocall03

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