SP Seminar Series

Simon Kitto,
School of Rural Health,
Monash University, Australia;
Thursday, October 25th, 12:30pm to 1:30pm.

"Making Technological Students: Precarious Moments in the Translation of Offline and Online Surveillance of Students in Technological Universities"

Location: Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room D411
Time: 12:30pm to 1:30pm

This seminar presents research into the involvement of surveillance mechanisms in advanced liberal university settings focusing on the role of online education systems in the constitution and ordering of Technological Students. These types of students are expected to be self-regulating, information literate and able to manipulate information technology to interact with society in the pursuit of the maximisation of their social and economic utility.

Specifically, this seminar discusses the imbrications of oligoptic and panoptic aspects of surveillance mechanisms within online examinations. Two case studies are presented that show how online education surveillance systems can create ethically acceptable and unacceptable representations of university student behaviour that are seemingly at odds with 'actual' student behaviour. An analysis of these imperfect representations of students' moral comportment in university examination settings demonstrates the serious unintended consequences of poorly deployed online university education enterprises.

Everyone welcome!