Walking the tightrope: defending academic authority and identities and remaining relevant in an institutional strategic project.

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Wed, 6 Jun 2018
9:15am to 10:45am
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Dunwoody B
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A team of academic developers engaged in a strategic project aimed at reforming the undergraduate curriculum in an Australian institution over 3 years (2015-17) through a progressive process of digitising the teaching and learning experiences in ‘blended’ units of study. This paper reports outcomes from an ethnographic study investigating the increasing influence of managerialist discourses on their practices and identities during this period. Findings indicate that academic developers in the project team created spaces to exercise principled agency and autonomy despite the pressure for performativity and growing surveillance from a project management team appointed to monitor and report project outcomes.


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