https://ices.library.ubc.ca/index.php/criticaled/issue/feed Critical Education 2021-01-15T11:32:40-08:00 E. Wayne Ross wayne.ross@ubc.ca Open Journal Systems <p><em>Critical Education</em> is an international peer-reviewed journal, which seeks manuscripts that critically examine contemporary education contexts and practices. <em>Critical Education</em> is interested in theoretical and empirical research as well as articles that advance educational practices that challenge the existing state of affairs in society, schools, and informal education.</p> https://ices.library.ubc.ca/index.php/criticaled/article/view/186587 Disaster Capitalism, Rampant EdTech Opportunism, and the Advancement of Online Learning in the Era of COVID19 2020-11-25T17:45:29-08:00 Shannon Dawn Maree Moore shannon.moore@umanitoba.ca Bruno De Oliveira Jayme bruno.jayme@umanitoba.ca Joanna Black Joanna.Black@umanitoba.ca <p>The authors consider the ways in which educational responses to COVID19 exemplify&nbsp; opportunistic disaster capitalism. Prior to the pandemic, neoliberal influence increasingly impacted education systems all over the world, pushing for increased privatization in/of schools.&nbsp; 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.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 2021-01-15T00:00:00-08:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Shannon Dawn Maree Moore, Bruno De Oliveira Jayme, Joanna Black