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Learning in the open: Networked student identities

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As students in conventional academic settings extend their learning into participatory, performative networked environments, what benefits and conflicts do they encounter?

As students in conventional academic settings extend their learning into participatory, performative networked environments, what benefits and conflicts do they encounter?

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  • 1. Learning in the Open:Networked Student Identities University of Prince Edward Island February 2013 Bonnie Stewart
  • 2. What is a networked learner? h"p://www.flickr.com/photos/rofi/2647699204/  
  • 3. 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)
  • 4. Higher Ed = change on multiple axes public funding knowledge scarcityclosed open neoliberal corporatism knowledge abundance
  • 5. Newly emerging species:open, public learner/scholars
  • 6. We are cyborgh"p://www.flickr.com/photos/russell-­‐higgs/75598487/  
  • 7. Networks & the Academy:trends in ways of knowing
  • 8. Openness as practice•  No techno-utopia or determinism•  Long-term immersion & work•  Not just broadcasting but engagement•  Vulnerability•  Context collapse•  Blurring of public & private
  • 9. 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
  • 10. My cohort on Twitter   scale = greater access, diversity, visibility… also increased noise & time. learners, teachers,professors, writers – of books I love & research I cite ! – bloggers, geeks, friends, parents, students
  • 11. Benefits as thinker:just-in-time emergent, choral conversation
  • 12. Benefits as learner & scholar:access, engagement, profile
  • 13. Challenges: Legitimacy PracticesAcademic Learning Networked Learningproduct-focused process-focusedinstitutionally-directed self-directedmastery participationbounded by time/space always accessiblehierarchical ties peer-to-peer tiesplagiarism crowdsourcingauthority in role authority in reputationaudience = teacher audience = world                      
  • 14. Thank you.@bonstewart