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Sat, Nov 07


Hong Kong University (Sassoon Road)

Roundtable Series 2020–21: Higher Education in a Machine Age

Technology is ubiquitous in education and has been for a long time. It is obvious that technology changes education: teaching with access to books is very different to teaching without access to books. But are these changes good, bad, or neutral?

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Roundtable Series 2020–21: Higher Education in a Machine Age
Roundtable Series 2020–21: Higher Education in a Machine Age

Time & Location

Nov 07, 2020, 9:15 AM

Hong Kong University (Sassoon Road), Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong

About the Event

Technology suffuses education - from obvious technologies (like writing and the internet) to less obvious ones (like classrooms and rankings). These technologies intermix to create a new culture: a machine culture. We use technology exactly because it changes education. But some of the collateral changes work against the very nature and purpose of education. How, for example, does technology’s propensity to uniformity and reductionism engage with education’s task of forming individuals and shaping societies? In this series we consider the nature of education and technology, how they interact, and what a Christian perspective contributesto our engagementwith them and their interactions.


  • 7th Nov. 2020: Has machine culture kidnapped higher education?
  • 5th Dec. 2020: My faith, my discipline, my machine culture.
  • 6th Feb. 2021: The totalising effect of machine culture in higher education.
  • 6th Mar. 2021: Community responses to machine culture.
  • 10th Apr. 2021: Charting the future and engaging with technology.


Each session runs from 9:15 – 12:30 and will be followed by (optional) lunch. Participants should commit to doing the preparatory readings for all sessions. Series registration is required.

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