The Context of Online Teaching and Learning: Neoliberalism, Marketization and Online Teaching



This chapter introduces the context in which online teaching takes place within Higher Education (HE). It begins with an outline of the political and economic climate, moving on to describe neo-liberal discourses that are influencing and affecting teaching staff and students. We then take a diachronic look at the ways in which new innovations have been received throughout history, before moving onto the realities of teaching and learning online. Examining the role of academics in online teaching leads into a description of the particular context of The Open University and the evolution of its teaching and place in HE.


Online teaching Online learning Higher education eLearning Technology enhanced learning Distance learning Neoliberalism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Public Leadership and Social EnterpriseOpen UniversityMilton KeynesUK
  2. 2.Department of EconomicsOpen UniversityMilton KeynesUK
  3. 3.School of PsychologyOpen UniversityMilton KeynesUK

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