Radical Flexibility and Relationality as Responses to Education in Times of Crisis

George Veletsianos, Shandell Houlden

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As educational institutions negotiate numerous challenges resulting from the current pandemic, many are beginning to wonder what the future of education may look like. We contribute to this conversation by arguing for flexible education and considering how it can support better—more equitable, just, accessible, empowering, imaginative—educational futures. At a time of historical disorder and uncertainty, we argue that what we need is a sort of radical flexibility as a way to create life-sustaining education, not just for some, but for all, and not just for now, but far into the future. We argue that such an approach is relational, and centers justice and trust. Furthermore, we note that radical flexibility is systemic and hopeful, and requires wide-ranging changes in practices in addition to the application of new technologies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)849-862
Number of pages14
JournalPostdigital Science and Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - Oct 2020
Externally publishedYes

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  • Education in crisis
  • Flexible learning
  • Online learning
  • Radical flexibility


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