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Digiexplorer (not guru), Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing @ Manchester Metropolitan University. Interested in digital literacy and digital culture  in the third sector (especially faith). Author of 'Raising Children in a Digital Age', regularly checks hashtag #DigitalParenting.

Docked Tales @timeshighered

With not only Bleak House but even Peter Rabbit seemingly too long for a texting, tweeting, attention-deficit generation, Valerie Sanders scans her shelves for a lightweight literary canon and asks: condensed or skimmed? When students have to pay higher tuition fees will they expect to read longer texts? This absurd, dreamy, Alice-in-Wonderland…

"Slay the middle-class shibboleth"

Going to university has become a "middle-class shibboleth" that reinforces social divisions and prevents the poor from accessing higher education to improve their life chances..... Published by the Pearson Centre for Policy and Learning, Blue Skies: New thinking about the future of higher education brings together academics, sector leaders and politicians to…

Technology Gripes!

Always interesting to see how technology is perceived by academics (I recognise many of these complaints)... and this is just the tech section! Describing a recent lecture, another diarist writes: "The room is quite small, claustrophobic and very hot. It didn't start well - the room was locked when I…

Bastard Culture! How User Participation Transforms Cultural Production

New online technologies have brought with them a great promise of freedom. The computer and particularly the Internet have been represented as enabling technologies, turning consumers into users and users into producers. Furthermore, lay people and amateurs have been enthusiastically greeted as heroes of the digital era. This thoughtful study…