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date: 19 August 2019

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This chapter explores the implications of rapid, seemingly continuous change in information and communications technologies (ICTs) for HE institutions and their education missions. The chapter begins by touching on long-standing debates around technological and social determinism, and technological optimism and pessimism, before exploring ways in which ICTs are deeply and increasingly tightly woven into HE institutions and practices. The review is centred on a series of overlapping and intersecting key questions, including (i) the influence of ICTs on educational access and equity, (ii) the opportunities and limitations of autopedagogy, (iii) tightly intertwined technical, pedagogical, and industrial matters, (iv) the evolving role of ICTs in surveillance, support, safety, and pedagogy, and (v) the potential for ICTs to accelerate the push for open access to research scholarship and data. The chapter will be of interest to scholars, policy makers, and practitioners with interests at the intersection of HE and ICTs.

Keywords: information and communication technologies, open education resources, open access, technological determinism, technological optimism, wicked problems

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