HIGHER EDUCATION IN A MACHINE AGE
Session 1: Has machine culture kidnapped higher education?
Technology is ubiquitous in education and has been for a long time. There are obvious technological developments – like written language, then printing, then the internet. There are less obvious technological developments – like classrooms, standardised tests, and rankings. These technologies mix together to create a new culture: a machine culture.
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, neutral, or ambivalent? In this series of discussions, we will consider education, technology, how they interact, and what a Christian perspective brings to bear on how we engage with their interactions.
Session 2: My faith, my discipline, my machine culture
Drawing on the insights of Session 1, this session practically considers how the implications play out within different aspects of university life. Specifically, we shall look at experiences of technological thinking in research, teaching, and administration.
Session 3: The totalising effects of machine culture in higher education
Building on the discussions from Sessions 1 and 2, this session will look how, rather than being an addition to an otherwise unchanged education system, technology suffuses and transforms every aspect of education.
Session 4: Community responses to machine culture
Building on the discussions from Sessions 1, 2, and 3, this session looks at positive ways of framing education, which may have the richness to withstand technological reduction.
Session 5: Charting the future and engaging with technology
This final session takes the ideas discussed previously in the series and looks to chart a way forward: having critiqued culture, how do we now move forward to create culture? We cannot uncritically embrace culture, but neither can we go on without it. Together, then, we will wrestle with this tension: the need to use inhumane tools to cultivate humanity.
Dr. Mike Brownnutt
PhD in experimental quantum mechanics, Imperial College London
PhD in business economics, Harvard University
PhD in communication, Regent University