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ARTICLE: DISASTER CAPITALISM, RAMPANT EDTECH OPPORTUNISM, AND THE ADVANCEMENT OF ONLINE LEARNINGIN THE ERA OF COVID19


What is it?

This article consider the ways in which educational responses to COVID19 exemplify opportunistic disaster capitalism.

Who is it for?

All educators.

What can it do?

Prior to the pandemic, neoliberal influence increasingly impacted education systems all over the world, pushing for increased privatization in/of schools. COVID19 has created conditions for private technology companies to push for increased participation in public schools. That is, corporations are using this health crisis to further mobilize the neoliberal agenda, and encourage policies, practices, and technological infrastructure that will be used to rationalize ongoing online learning. In turn, we ask: What are the motivations and implications of inviting private EdTech into public education? How does EdTech encourage a move to online learning; c) what are the overall impacts of online learning? Under the veil of the panic of a global health crisis, our public education systems in Canada are being put at risk.






Moore, S., Jayme, B. & Black, J. (2021). Disaster Capitalism, Rampant EdTech Opportunism, and the Advancement of Online Learning in the Era of COVID19. Critical Education, 12(2). Retrieved from https://ices.library.ubc.ca/index.php/criticaled/article/view/186587