Editorial Volume 6 (2)

Christopher Moore, Ruth Walker

Abstract


Introduction to the special issue:

"Digital technologies and educational integrity"

When Roger Silverstone (1999, p.10) asked "what is new about new media?" more than a decade ago at the launch of the first edition of the journal New Media and Society, he framed the question as an inquiry about the relationship between continuity and change. To address the issues relating to the interest and reliance on technologies in educational contexts - whether we are talking about web 2.0, digital media, social media, new media, or even next media - requires us to consider what is most important about the standards, traditions and practices that we hold as crucial to teaching, learning and research, as well as their relationship to change.

This special issue broaches these issues to consider how changes in technologies used by teachers and learners - both in and out of educational contexts - has impacted on our understandings of educational integrity. To do this, we have had to ask questions about the integrity of the educational enterprise itself: just as the expanding research and writing capacities of digital media have complicated notions of authorship, so too does the increasing reliance on technologies in educational settings complicate expectations about the open or gated nature of educational institutions. However, it is not so much the digital technologies themselves, but how they are used, regarded, implemented and positioned by institutions, that offer a new twist to our interpretation of education as both 'borderless' and 'gatekeeping'.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21913/IJEI.v6i2.698