User:Leighblackall/An ethical framework for ubiquitous learning
This is a work in progress, now in its final drafting phase. The first draft was completed 31 May 2011, and feedback is sought from a network of peers and practising academics. Their comments are recorded on the discussion page, and are being incorporated into the final draft below, with a completion date set for September 2013. For continuing developmental notes, feedback and review, please see the discussion page.
Ubiquitous learning has come to mean learning which is mediated by pervasive computing devices and digital media. This paper considers ubiquitous learning as a deliberate process with or without computing devices or digital media. An ethical framework is offered, for considering ubiquitous learning more holistically, and as a way for technology and other concerns to be determined by ethics. It follows David Holgrem’s format used to popularise Permaculture design, and draws from the theories and critiques of Ivan Illich, Neil Postman, Jean Lave and Etienne Wenger, Christopher Alexander and colleagues, Richard Stallman and others. A range of present day examples of projects and initiatives are used to show how such an ethical approach to ubiquitous learning is being realised.
Keywords: Ubiquitous learning, networked learning, ethics, peripheral participation, situationism, Illich
- October 2014: I cited this work, along with the Proposal for Intellectual Property Policy and Open Education Practices in a submission to La Trobe University's Future Ready restructure - where they were apparently seeking critical thinkers to help review and shape new operating principles. Because of this submission, I'm picking up the editing after a year or more away.
- Rick Hayes has introduced me to a number of philosophers that I'll eventually get to look through, but Albert Borgmann is sticking, and his book Technology and the Character of Contemporary Life: A Philosophical Inquiry may need to be incorporated into this work.
- 29 June 2013: Work in progress presented to the 2013 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society
- 31 May 2011: Reviewed edit of first draft completed
- 25 May 2011: Peer review of first draft completed
- 4 May 2011: (approximate date) First draft seeking peer review