Title

The Algorithmic University: On-Line Education, Learning Management Systems, And The Struggle Over Academic Labor

Publication Date

2021

Document Type

Contribution to a Book

Department

Political Science

Publication Title

Beyond Capitalism and Neoliberalism

Editor

Vesna Stanković Pejnović

First Page

214

Last Page

241

Abstract

The use of on-line education (OLE) to deliver higher education using learning management systems (LMS) has received growing critical attention for its reliance on precarious faculty, high drop out and failure rates, and as a form of privatization. While these critiques are well grounded, they overlook the role of OLE as a strategy for rationalizing teaching and the deskilling academic labor in order to produce more self-disciplined precarious “platform” workers who can labor remotely under the control of algorithmic management. To recompose the power of academic workers new tactics, strategies and objectives based on an analysis of the new technical composition of capital in higher education is needed.

Keywords

Neoliberalism, Higher education, Datafication, Online-ification, Academic labor, Rationalization of labor, On-line education, Learning Management System

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