1st Edition

Exploring Institutional Logics for Technology-Mediated Higher Education

By Neelam Dwivedi Copyright 2019
    224 Pages
    by Routledge

    224 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book articulates the complexities inherent in higher education’s multi-faceted response to the forces of mediatization—or how institutions change when their social communication gets mediated by technology—and introduces a novel perspective to comprehend them in a systematic way. By drawing on archival analysis and six organizational case studies, the author empirically traces the emergence of a cyber-cultural institution within higher education. As these case studies demonstrate, this new institutional logic requires creativity, individual recognition, and an underlying platform powered by cyber technologies and digitization of content. Using an analytical lens, this cyber-cultural perspective answers many questions about why faculty refuse to adopt online education, why students struggle with mediated teaching, and what possibly could be done to take online education to its next level.

      1. Undergraduate Education in the US

      2. Finding Perspectives

      3. Macro Contradictions

      4. Micro Conflicts

      5. Mediatization

      6. An Integrated View

      7. Looking Ahead

    Appendix A: Theory Selection

    Appendix B: Research Methodology

    Appendix C: Interview Protocol

    Appendix D: Interinstitutional System Ideal Types

    Appendix E: A sample of field level agencies



    Neelam Dwivedi is an Assistant Teaching Professor at Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University, USA.