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Stephen Downes

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This article is most useful as an introduction to the work of Mikhail Bakhtin and it's application to our understanding of technology adoption by educators. Drawing mostly from the study of language in the Dialogic Imagination, the authors draw our attention to ideological becoming, a dialogical process "through which individuals develop a critical awareness of the world around them." In turn, "Underpinning ideological becoming are the notions of authoritative and internally persuasive discourses." These emerge "as educators engage in dialogue with others and as they become critically aware of tensions between dominant and alternative discourses," and it is on this basis we can understand the process of what can only be called the ideological transformation of educations with respect to educational tehcnology. The bulk of the paper is a study examining the discussions of 12 educators as they developed some 'taster' online learning modules. According to the authors,the Bakhtin-informed analysis "takes the focus away from faculty's feelings of inadequacy or vulnerability when teaching in an online environment and places emphasis on the need to engage in critical reflection and discussion about educational practices."

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