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POWER DISTANCE — the structure in this and/or that

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The Structure in This and That

  1. Power Distance in online education may be seen as value dependent on the governing categories, the Big Five, of Openness to experience versus rigidity; Conscientiousness versus undependability; Extraversion versus introversion; Agreeableness versus ill-temperedness; Neuroticism versus emotional stability (OCEAN).
    1. This dependence means that a PD defined as “the extent to which the less powerful members of institutions and organizations within a country expect and accept that power is distributed unequally” for online education should fall within the parameters of the parent culture.
    2. PD in learning management system (LMS) design within the utilitarian context of the American academy, dependent on a free market economy for communication software systems, should manifest itself through created virtual PD environments that recreate the PD environment within which the academic/business community (or parent culture) that generates LMS design operates.
    3. PD in instructor/student relations should develop and operate both in accordance with and in reaction to this utilitarian system and economy of power; what distinguishes LMS PD instructor/student relation operations from that of comparable F2F relations are 1) the relative complexity of the digital learning environment (DLE) and 2) a manifest interdependence between instructor and student in negotiating an evolving archival DLE.
    4. PD in student/student relations (and instructor/student relations) could be represented by a set of realized (and potential) data points collected into data sets drawn from the archival DLE; factor analysis could sort such relations into cultural categories based on OCEAN.
    5. PD in instructor/administration relations will be inferred, rather than measured, from data points absent from instructor/student data sets.
    6. Since communication is not a matter of such structural relations outlined above, the missing Subject in this formula-matrix is exactly the category of “human” that such a sociological system purports to measure…if not determine.
  2. The future of LMS design and PD hinges on the topographic of a binary chaos: some are more equal than others.*
    1. The Individual and the Collective in online education are binaries that operate within a DLE to problematize the process of PD as an ongoing extension for which “the less powerful members of institutions and organizations within a [culture category] expect and accept that power is distributed unequally.”
    2. What about education and class? In reference to data used for the computation of the PDI in IBM, one wonders if similar data could be extracted from overlapping global systems of LMS archives.
    3. What about education and technology? Large versus small PD cultures (but not nation states) will be the tension that determines whether education-as-pedagogy or pedagogy-as-technology is the ultimate driver of LMS/DLE design and how categories of OCEAN evolve with such technologies.
    4. What about education and government bodies? High PD state systems versus low PD state systems will be the binary that determines how individuals as administrators, instructors, and students develop relations (defined as outliers in data sets).
    5. What about education and corporate bodies? Corporations and corporate bodies (sans organs?) are not in the business of education, but of programming; how the ideas of culture for the individual within the state and for the state embodied by individuals are evaluated by free market factors within the topographic of a binary chaos is not a matter for academic administrators.
    6. The future of the educated individual and the techno-state as a relationship of 1) desire for reality and 2) desire for capitalist society will be powered by “differences in the political systems found in countries…rooted in their citizens’ mental software,” and since “the possibility of influencing these systems by propaganda, money, or arms from another country is limited…if the minds are not receptive to the message, propaganda and money are mostly wasted” for even “the most powerful foreign state cannot brainwash entire populations out of their deeply held values” (Hofstede, Geert; Hofstede, Gert Jan; Minkov, Michael (2010-05-24). Cultures and Organizations: Software of the Mind, Third Edition (Kindle Locations 2329-2334). McGraw-Hill Education. Kindle Edition).

* “Some girls are bigger than others/Some girl’s mothers are bigger than other girl’s mothers” ~The Smiths (The Queen is Dead, 1986).


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