Re-Thinking E-Learning Research

Norm Friesen, International Review of Research in Open, Distance Learning, Jul 06, 2009
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I looked at the new issue of IRRODL over the weekend and found this item to recommend, a slide and audio presentation from Norm Friesen (I wonder whether Terry Anderson will let me publish in IRRODL that way). Friesen advances his now-familiar argument against technological determinism and the inevitability of progress, framing this discussion within Habermas's three types of knowledge: technical, practical and emancipatory. Educators will seize upon the link between Habermas and Paulo Friere, while technologists will reflect on the social impact of technology.
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