Invisible Students and the Issues of Online Education

Authored by: An Chih Cheng

The Routledge Handbook of Poverty in the United States

Print publication date:  December  2014
Online publication date:  December  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415673440
eBook ISBN: 9781315755519
Adobe ISBN: 9781317627401


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The essence of this critique is to deconstruct how the recent trend of online education is fueled by a neoliberal ideology, rather than based on pedagogical consideration. It first illustrates how the neoliberal market logic has led to institutional practices of the commercialization and privatization of education. The analysis will shatter common myths such as “anytime, anywhere learning,” or that “online courses bring quality education and are cost-effective.” The last part of this chapter addresses the discriminatory impact online education may have on minority students and its potential threat to democratic education.

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