Our Manifesto book manuscript is complete, and the production process has begun in earnest. We anticipate the book being published in September 2020 – here is the publisher’s information about it:
In this book, the authors have expanded the text of the 2016 manifesto, revealing the sources and larger arguments behind the abbreviated provocations. The book groups the twenty-one statements (“Openness is neither neutral nor natural: it creates and depends on closures”; “Don’t succumb to campus envy: we are the campus”) into five thematic sections examining place and identity, politics and instrumentality, the primacy of text and the ethics of remixing, the way algorithms and analytics “recode” educational intent, and how surveillance culture can be resisted. Much like the original manifestos, this book is intended as a platform for debate, as a resource and inspiration for those teaching in online environments, and as a challenge to the techno-instrumentalism of current edtech approaches.
The manifesto has taken on new significance at the current moment – perhaps particularly the final statement, as physical campuses close and students and teachers are distributed in unanticipated ways:
The closing words of the 'manifesto for teaching online' are still ringing true for me. The shape of the coming weeks and months feels uncertain, but #WeAreTheCampus – definitely. https://t.co/fYXIgMZng7 pic.twitter.com/fHq4dYe3G0
— Jen Ross (@jar) March 18, 2020
We aim for the book to provide critical insights, and to ask difficult questions, but also to offer hope and encouragement. We’re excited for its publication!