Digital Diploma Mills: The Automation of Higher Education
Noble S Book Length Analysis Cuts Through The Rhetorical Claims Of The Higher Education Through Internet That These Developments Will Bring Benefits For All. His Analysis Shows How University Teachers Are Losing Control Over What They Teach, How They Teach, And For What Purpose And How Erosion Of Their Intellectual Property Rights Makes Academic Employment Ever Less Secure.The Online University Represents New Opportunities For Investors To Profit While Shifting The Burden Of Paying For Education From The Public Purse To The Individual Consumer/Student. He Also Brings-Up Secretive Agreements Between Corporations And Universities, Placing Public Money At The Disposal Of Private Profit.Noble Locates Recent Developments Within A Longer-Term Historical Perspective, Drawing Out Parallels Between Internet Education And The Correspondence Course Movement Of The Early Decades Of The Twentieth Century. An Afterward Discusses Likely Developments In The Aftermath Of The September 11 Attack On The World Trade Centre. This Timely Work By The Foremost Commentator On The Social Meaning Of Digital Education Is Essential Reading For All Who Are Concerned With The Future Of The Academic Enterprise.
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