commercial / academic views on learning #NLC2014 #edtech

The week of hotseat for Neil Selwyn seems to have come to an end. My take is that the gap between academic and commercial views on technology and learning is wide and may be getting wider. This post is to expand on a tweet. Twitter is one way to continue between the hotseat weeks. There is a Twitter feed on the Networked Learning Conference website.  

Going off topic a bit, back to the first Management Theory at Work conference in Lancaster. As memory serves this started as a connection between theory and practice and then sort of fell apart when Chris Grey suggested that a critique role was more stable for universities than claiming to contribute practical ideas. I may have misunderstood this. Any link suggestions welcome. 

There seems to be a continuing flow of critique that appears in journals. There are some conventions that assist publication. I still have not made the time to visit a library and track down an article about Critical Management Studies as a brand. but please come back for a future post.

At a conference on Experimentality I tried to present Deming ideas as a learning cycle. Rob Coley and Dean Lockwood spoke about the Cloud. The book is now available. It is wonderful stuff but not very surprising  if the managerialist world has not shown much interest.

"learning" is not a word reserved for academics. My guess is that the mobile holiday ( new devices as presents) and BETT / Learning Technologies in the UK, other events in other places, will shift the discussion before the actual Networked Learning in Edinburgh. There can be many objections to #edtech but something has changed already, whatever the academics think about it. Critique is still needed but maybe has to start again.