About the Seminar
Globalisation can be characterised, Giddens (1994) suggests, as a process of "intensified reflexivity" that creates the conditions for "a world of clever people". Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are fundamental to globalisation and they have also been incorporated into the new educational technologies deployed by educators to (re)create "a world of clever people". Together, education and the ICTs are strong forces for globalisation where both curriculum and pedagogy shape the knowledge and values of the rising generation of "clever people". This paper posits some research issues and questions that the seminar participants may wish to ponder. These issues and questions might be usefully pursued in transnational collaborative research or are germane to its conduct and context. These matters include: the place of ICTs in research work; the challenge of globally inclusive curricula and the impact of English as the global language; and ICTs decentring the research centre.
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About the Presenter
Professor Terry Evans
Faculty of Education, Deakin University, Geelong, Victoria, Australia, 3217.
Professor Terry Evans is Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Education at Deakin University, where he also teaches and supervises postgraduate students. He is renowned internationally for his research and scholarship in open and distance education, and is recognised as one of the most prolific contributors to the field. Terry Evans has undertaken international consultancies in on research, policy and educational development. He is the editor or co-editor of ten books including Changing University Teaching: reflections on creating new educational technologies (with D Nation, London, Kogan Page, 2000); Opening Education: policies and practices from open and distance education (with D Nation, London, Routledge, 1996) and Shifting Borders: globalisation, localisation and open and distance education (with L Rowan & L Bartlett, Geelong, Deakin University Press, 1997). In 1995 he was awarded the Open and Distance Learning Association's Award for Research Excellence for his book Understanding Learners in Open and Distance Education (London, Kogan Page, 1994).
Professor Evans's recent research and writing is in the fields of open, flexible and distance education, including work on interactive television in schools, professional and vocational education and training, internationalisation, new educational technologies and postgraduate pedagogy. He has held several research grants from Australian Research Council, Commonwealth Government and other agencies.