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 when we think of it as a participatory activity?

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

  1. 1. Networked Educators & LearnersWho Are We Now That We’re Online?Bonnie Stewart@bonstewartUniversity of Prince Edward IslandEdMedia 2013hp://  
  2. 2. Identities
  3. 3. Education = Multiple axes ofchangeknowledge scarcityknowledge abundanceopenpublic fundingmarketsclosed
  4. 4. Increasing pressure to go online
  5. 5. Online is not just about new tools,but new literacieshp://    
  6. 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. 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. 8. Identities for a new ethos:open, public learner/educators
  9. 9. So who are we when we’reonline?
  10. 10. Ourselves.With some new affordances.And some new concerns.
  11. 11. The Performative Self
  12. 12. Bring identity into being:lather, rinse, repeat
  13. 13. The Quantified Self
  14. 14. The Asynchronous Self
  15. 15. What people say about you ispersistent, replicable, scalable searchable
  16. 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. 17. The “Me, Inc.” Self
  18. 18. Coping with the new ethosinvolves a newrelationship to the concept ofcontrol.
  19. 19. The Digital = a Reputational Economyhp://  
  20. 20. Always Facetedhp://  
  21. 21. Always Hybrid
  22. 22. Always PublicNetworked Publics:•  Multiple, overlapping, global networks•  Always accessible•  Identities are visible, traceable searchable•  Different audiences all in plain sight
  23. 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. 24. Always Sharinghp://  
  25. 25. Always Fluid
  26. 26. A networked education…l  Connectsl  Cultivatesl  Curateshp://  
  27. 27. …but cannotcontrol or countin the same ways asinstitutional models of education
  28. 28. There are many currencies inonline networks
  29. 29. Benefits as learner scholar:access, engagement, profile
  30. 30. Benefits as teacher:opportunities to connect convey info in new media
  31. 31. Benefits as writer:real audiences
  32. 32. Benefits as thinker:emergent, choral conversation
  33. 33. Identity profiles + participation=new possibilities for a new ethos    
  34. 34. Thank you.@bonstewart