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? h"p://www.flickr.com/photos/rofi/2647699204/ 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 open public funding neoliberal corporatism closed Newly emerging species: open, public learner/scholars We are cyborg h"p://www.flickr.com/photos/russell-higgs/75598487/ 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, students scale = greater access, diversity, visibility also increased noise & time. Benefits as thinker: just-in-time emergent, choral conversation 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. @bonstewart


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