Learning in the open: Networked student identities

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  • Learning in the Open: Networked Student Identities

    University of Prince Edward Island February 2013

    Bonnie Stewart

  • What is a networked learner?


  • Networked Identities

    Engaged within networked publics (boyd, 2011) and digital sociality (Thompson & Cupples, 2008)

    Participatory (Jenkins, 2006) Performative (Butler, 1990) Producing & consuming content within networks =

    produsage (Bruns, 2007) / prosumption (Ritzer, 2010) Partial membership in multiple networks, less

    reliance on belonging structures of settled groups (Wellman, 2011)

    Convergence between online & offline (McEwan & Mease, 2013)

  • Higher Ed = change on multiple axes

    knowledge scarcity

    knowledge abundance


    public funding

    neoliberal corporatism


  • Newly emerging species: open, public learner/scholars

  • We are cyborg


  • Networks & the Academy: trends in ways of knowing

  • Openness as practice

    No techno-utopia or determinism Long-term immersion & work Not just broadcasting but engagement Vulnerability Context collapse Blurring of public & private

  • My local cohort

    2 active students in my year 9 active Ph.D students total 2 other local friends pursuing

    Ph.Ds from other institutions

  • My cohort on Twitter

    learners, teachers, professors, writers of

    books I love & research I cite ! bloggers, geeks, friends, parents,


    scale = greater access, diversity, visibility also increased noise & time.

  • Benefits as thinker: just-in-time emergent, choral


  • Benefits as learner & scholar: access, engagement, profile

  • Challenges: Legitimacy Practices

    Academic Learning Networked Learning

    product-focused process-focused institutionally-directed self-directed mastery participation bounded by time/space always accessible hierarchical ties peer-to-peer ties plagiarism crowdsourcing authority in role authority in reputation audience = teacher audience = world

  • Thank you.