Virtual Higher Education: A Liberalist or Humanist Socialization Tool

By Alexandra Bal.

Published by The Technology Collection

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A critical analysis of the hybrid design principles shaping online education. Since they rely on conflicting societal imaginaries, which necessitate opposite socialization tools, what is at stakes in their use?

Keywords: Internet, Information, Social Science, Socio-Economy, Virtual Education

International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp.133-140. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.095MB).

Dr. Alexandra Bal

Alexandra Bal is an assistant professor in Ryerson (Toronto, Canada) in the school of arts of the image where she teaches new media design and production courses. Holding her Doctorate from Paris University 13, she studies the convergence between the various industrial, economic and educational stakes subjacent to the introduction of information and communication technologies to university education and to the phenomenon of interdisciplinarity activities concerned in the creation of systems of evaluation and production of higher education educational software. Research activities, design and Production Alexandra has been involved in the conceptualization, production and software development of university based educational systems. She is specializing in the construction and use of narratives as interfaces to educational processes and as representation of information. Her present applied research deals with the use of AI in education, more specifically with the potential use of bots and avatars in simulation based education. She is a member of the Seminar on Industrialization of the Formation in France and of the Interactive team "Interdisciplinary Research TEAM for LearningMedia" in Toronto. She was a member of the "National Dated File Consultation Working Group" with SSHRC and a co-founder member of the IBDG (Interactive Broadcast Development Group) research project "InterCast Ontario: Interactive Bridging the Gap between the New Media and Broadcast Paradigms".


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