Special Topic: The Automation of Higher Education

The special topic calls for papers on The Automation of Higher Education and such papers will appear in Higher Education of Social Science as a special column.

Affiliated research area: Social Science, On-line Education


Is the Internet the springboard which will take universities into a new age, or a threat to their existence? Will dotcom degrees create new opportunities for those previously excluded, or lead them into a digital dead-end? From UCLA to Columbia, digital technologies have brought about rapid and sweeping changes in the life of the university—changes which will have momentous effects in the decade ahead. On-line education is taking the increasing control of the curricula and the intellectual freedom away from teachers. The growth of on-line education can be seen as an "automation of higher education," similar with the effects to the automation of other industries in its impact on workers and work product quality. The process is part of an ongoing commercialization and corporatization of higher education. Rather than new opportunities for students 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—who increasingly has to work long hours at poorly-paid jobs in order to afford the privilege. And this transformation of higher education is often brought about through secretive agreements between corporations and universities—including many which rely on public funding.


In addition to the Review and Original Articles by invited speakers, we are inviting you to submit a relevant research paper on The Automation of Higher Education for consideration. Papers will be subject to normal peer review and must comply with the Guide for Authors.

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Related Conferences:

IEEE Toronto Section Engineering & Human Environment Joint March 20, 2003 University of Toronto Sanford Fleming Building, 1st Floor, Room 1101

Related Journals (Special issue):

CSCanada Higher Education of Social Science Journal

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