Networked Educators & Learners: Who are we now that we're online?

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What's involved in being an identity online, and what new literacies are required to thrive in this new ethos? What does it mean to be a teacher AND a learner all at once, and how does education shift …

What's involved in being an identity online, and what new literacies are required to thrive in this new ethos? What does it mean to be a teacher AND a learner all at once, and how does education shift when we think of it as a participatory activity?

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  • 1. Networked Educators & LearnersWho Are We Now That We’re Online?Bonnie Stewart@bonstewartUniversity of Prince Edward IslandEdMedia 2013h"p://www.flickr.com/photos/kaptainkobold/5066287053  
  • 2. Identities
  • 3. Education = Multiple axes ofchangeknowledge scarcityknowledge abundanceopenpublic fundingmarketsclosed
  • 4. Increasing pressure to go online
  • 5. Online is not just about new tools,but new literaciesh"p://www.flickr.com/photos/rofi/2647699204/    
  • 6. Participatory culture = new ethos“Paradigm cases of new literacies haveboth new “technical stuff” (digitality) andnew “ethos stuff”…what is central to newliteracies is not the fact that we can now“look up information online” or write essaysusing a word processor rather than a pen…but rather, that they mobilize very differentkinds of values and priorities andsensibilities.”- Knobel & Lankshear (2007)
  • 7. Differing sensibilities & legitimacypracticesInstitutions Networksproduct-focused process-focusedmastery participationbounded by time/space always accessiblehierarchical ties peer-to-peer tiesplagiarism crowdsourcingauthority in role authority in reputationaudience = teacher audience = world                      
  • 8. Identities for a new ethos:open, public learner/educators
  • 9. So who are we when we’reonline?
  • 10. Ourselves.With some new affordances.And some new concerns.
  • 11. The Performative Self
  • 12. Bring identity into being:lather, rinse, repeat
  • 13. The Quantified Self
  • 14. The Asynchronous Selfhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/vylen/6158720720/
  • 15. What people say about you ispersistent, replicable, scalable &searchable
  • 16. The Surveilled Self“The internet is on principle a system thatyou reveal yourself to in order to fully enjoy,which differentiates it from, say, a musicplayer. It is a TV that watches you.”- Edward Snowden, in The Washington Post 
  • 17. The “Me, Inc.” Selfhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/mikebaird/4880623547
  • 18. Coping with the new ethosinvolves a newrelationship to the concept ofcontrol.
  • 19. The Digital = a Reputational Economyh"p://www.flickr.com/photos/8113246@N02/7932198032  
  • 20. Always Facetedh"p://www.flickr.com/photos/thelotuscarroll/6842167375/  
  • 21. Always Hybrid
  • 22. Always PublicNetworked Publics:•  Multiple, overlapping, global networks•  Always accessible•  Identities are visible, traceable & searchable•  Different audiences all in plain sight
  • 23. …that awkward moment when you rememberyou friended your grandma on Facebook.Or that your students – or your VP, or your newboss – follow you on Twitter.Context Collapse
  • 24. Always Sharingh"p://www.flickr.com/photos/ryanr/142455033/  
  • 25. Always Fluid
  • 26. A networked education…l  Connectsl  Cultivatesl  Curatesh"p://www.flickr.com/photos/gforsythe/7153872159/  
  • 27. …but cannotcontrol or countin the same ways asinstitutional models of education
  • 28. There are many currencies inonline networks
  • 29. Benefits as learner & scholar:access, engagement, profile
  • 30. Benefits as teacher:opportunities to connect &convey info in new media
  • 31. Benefits as writer:real audiences
  • 32. Benefits as thinker:emergent, choral conversation
  • 33. Identity profiles + participation=new possibilities for a new ethos    
  • 34. Thank you.@bonstewart