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BEYOND THE INSTITUTION:
Networked professionals & digital
engagement in higher education
	
Bonnie Stewart
@bonstewart
Univ...
Going beyond?
Or…did we ever really leave?
A Caveat.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/adriensifre/10193979686/
Higher Education Professionals
knowledge scarcity
knowledge abundance
open practices
public models
market models
closed practices
Tensions in Higher Educ...
http://orig05.deviantart.net/c98f/f/2012/105/9/3/spare_change_by_noflowerinmyhair-d4w9ss3.jpg
“If you fear change, leave i...
"For the first time in human history, two related
propositions are true. One, it no longer is possible to
store within the...
Abundance ≠ Tech
http://www.telecomtv.com/articles/tablets/retro-chic-apples-original-macintosh-reimagined-12100
Abundance = Tree of Knowledge?
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a8/Anvar_saifutdinov_Abundance_tree.jpg
Abundance = Overload. And possibility.
The exceeding of boundaries
http://www.flickr.com/photos/striatic/2191408271/
Abundance = Strange directions?
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jessiewhittle/2619583364/
Abundance = Potential for abuse of
traditional formats
https://svpow.com/2012/01/13/the-obscene-profits-of-commercial-scho...
+ New governance visions/divisions
https://www.flickr.com/photos/94342662@N00/3869483214/
…So. We are already “beyond libraries”
& “beyond the institution.”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longship#/media/File:Tapi...
Higher ed is over.
Everybody go home.
WAIT.
Structure of Abundance = Networks
https://plus.google.com/+DaveGray/posts/CQRVeKEsUvF?pid=5751686447270321954&oid=11737318...
NETWORKS = many-to-many
communications
Networks are not just for consuming, but
connecting
https://www.flickr.com/photos/baggyjumper/6635779085/
Many-to-many
communications make
communicators into network nodes,
forming webs of visible (& invisible)
connections
So what visions do we have for “going
beyond” into networked practice?
What do professional identities *look
like* beyond ...
Networked practice beyond the boundaries:
1.  Opening up identity
2.  Opening up engagement & contribution
3.  Opening up ...
VISION 1: IDENTITY
In institutional
structures, an individual
has a role.
In a networked culture,
an individual
has an ide...
Networked education looks like THIS
https://www.flickr.com/photos/122135325@N06/15117809516/in/dateposted/
Price of admission = public identity
You need to work on digital identity
before it will work for you
Digital identity can offer control…
http://www.flickr.com/photos/theeerin/331217199/
But where are the other controls?
Networked platforms can reduce
identity to algorithms
Networked identities can be difficult to
contain & compartmentalize
Networked identities can amplify
vulnerability
via commodification + re-inscription of societal biases
…can we just go back in the
schoolhouse?
•  76.4% of instructional staff in US higher ed are contingent
(AAUP, 2014)
•  67...
Cyborg identities
Non-binary, subversive, & unfaithful to their origins
http://www.flickr.com/photos/13521837@N00/25776657...
“Deviant trajectories” – Costa, 2014
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/59/Love_your_country,_not_government...
“Cyborg writing is
about the power to
survive, not on the
basis of original
innocence but on the
basis of seizing the
tool...
VISION 2: ENGAGEMENT &
CONTRIBUTION
In institutional structures,
gatekeeping is a hallmark of
official communication &
con...
How might “getting beyond” matter to
scholarly engagement/contribution?
Destabilizes hierarchies
Can extend conversations,
resource-sharing, & visibility of work
https://www.flickr.com/photos/legends2k/3473962847
Can open new conversations
Can enable multi-mode contributions
@hypothes_is!
Cannot be directed top down.
VISION 3: PUBLICS
How to navigate many-to-many
communications with minimal
harm / damage?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ooocha/2632434274/siz...
Call-out culture
http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/11/conversation-smoosh-twitter-decay/412867/
Speech-based
expectations
Call Out Culture = Collapsed Publics
Print-based
interpretations
https://www.flickr.com/photos/seandavis/16528463225/
Hashtag activism = cyborg engagement?
“Bodies are maps of power and
i...
Can open new relationships
…And bring care.
Networked practices = scholarship
¤ Scholarship of discovery
¤ Scholarship of integration
¤ Scholarship of application
¤ S...
But a scholarship of abundance
https://www.flickr.com/photos/92998734@N03/8466586880/
Do our professional identities, engagement
& publics reflect the networked complexity
of contemporary higher ed?
https://c...
Our schoolhouse of “getting beyond”
Join in...?
THANK YOU.
@bonstewart
bstewart@upei.ca
http://giphy.com/gifs/flirting-charlie-chaplin-film-G3ywhC6eNDVew
Beyond the Institution: Networked Professionals & Digital Engagement in Higher Education
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Keynote for CAPAL at Congress 2016. Explores stepping beyond the boundaries of institutional education and roles, conceptualizing networked practice in light of Haraway's cyborg and new identities, engagement, and publics.

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Beyond the Institution: Networked Professionals & Digital Engagement in Higher Education

  1. 1. BEYOND THE INSTITUTION: Networked professionals & digital engagement in higher education Bonnie Stewart @bonstewart University of Prince Edward Island Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians Congress 2016
  2. 2. Going beyond?
  3. 3. Or…did we ever really leave?
  4. 4. A Caveat.
  5. 5. https://www.flickr.com/photos/adriensifre/10193979686/ Higher Education Professionals
  6. 6. knowledge scarcity knowledge abundance open practices public models market models closed practices Tensions in Higher Education
  7. 7. http://orig05.deviantart.net/c98f/f/2012/105/9/3/spare_change_by_noflowerinmyhair-d4w9ss3.jpg “If you fear change, leave it here”
  8. 8. "For the first time in human history, two related propositions are true. One, it no longer is possible to store within the human brain all of the information that a human needs. Second, it no longer is necessary to store within the human brain all of the information that humans need. Education needs to be geared toward the handling of data rather than the accumulation of data.” Context for Communication, Berlo, 1975
  9. 9. Abundance ≠ Tech http://www.telecomtv.com/articles/tablets/retro-chic-apples-original-macintosh-reimagined-12100
  10. 10. Abundance = Tree of Knowledge? https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a8/Anvar_saifutdinov_Abundance_tree.jpg
  11. 11. Abundance = Overload. And possibility. The exceeding of boundaries http://www.flickr.com/photos/striatic/2191408271/
  12. 12. Abundance = Strange directions? https://www.flickr.com/photos/jessiewhittle/2619583364/
  13. 13. Abundance = Potential for abuse of traditional formats https://svpow.com/2012/01/13/the-obscene-profits-of-commercial-scholarly-publishers/
  14. 14. + New governance visions/divisions
  15. 15. https://www.flickr.com/photos/94342662@N00/3869483214/
  16. 16. …So. We are already “beyond libraries” & “beyond the institution.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longship#/media/File:Tapisserie_bato1.jpg
  17. 17. Higher ed is over. Everybody go home.
  18. 18. WAIT.
  19. 19. Structure of Abundance = Networks https://plus.google.com/+DaveGray/posts/CQRVeKEsUvF?pid=5751686447270321954&oid=117373186752666867801
  20. 20. NETWORKS = many-to-many communications
  21. 21. Networks are not just for consuming, but connecting https://www.flickr.com/photos/baggyjumper/6635779085/
  22. 22. Many-to-many communications make communicators into network nodes, forming webs of visible (& invisible) connections
  23. 23. So what visions do we have for “going beyond” into networked practice? What do professional identities *look like* beyond the boundaries? ¤ Abundance is not a deterministic system, but a complexification of systems ¤ Higher ed is not over, just complexified ¤ Important to work towards new systems that operate on logics of learning, not just business or media
  24. 24. Networked practice beyond the boundaries: 1.  Opening up identity 2.  Opening up engagement & contribution 3.  Opening up publics
  25. 25. VISION 1: IDENTITY In institutional structures, an individual has a role. In a networked culture, an individual has an identity, which it is his/her job to differentiate.
  26. 26. Networked education looks like THIS https://www.flickr.com/photos/122135325@N06/15117809516/in/dateposted/
  27. 27. Price of admission = public identity
  28. 28. You need to work on digital identity before it will work for you
  29. 29. Digital identity can offer control…
  30. 30. http://www.flickr.com/photos/theeerin/331217199/ But where are the other controls?
  31. 31. Networked platforms can reduce identity to algorithms
  32. 32. Networked identities can be difficult to contain & compartmentalize
  33. 33. Networked identities can amplify vulnerability via commodification + re-inscription of societal biases
  34. 34. …can we just go back in the schoolhouse? •  76.4% of instructional staff in US higher ed are contingent (AAUP, 2014) •  67.5% of instructional staff in ON colleges are p/t (Colleges Ontario, 2013) •  StatsCan stopped tracking full-time faculty in 2011 L
  35. 35. Cyborg identities Non-binary, subversive, & unfaithful to their origins http://www.flickr.com/photos/13521837@N00/2577665727/ “The dichotomies between mind & body, animal & human, organism & machine, public & private, nature & culture, men & women, primitive & civilized are all in question ideologically” - Haraway,1991
  36. 36. “Deviant trajectories” – Costa, 2014 https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/59/Love_your_country,_not_government.jpg
  37. 37. “Cyborg writing is about the power to survive, not on the basis of original innocence but on the basis of seizing the tools to mark the world that marked them as other.” - Haraway, 1991 http://www.flickr.com/photos/rizzato/2342959844/
  38. 38. VISION 2: ENGAGEMENT & CONTRIBUTION In institutional structures, gatekeeping is a hallmark of official communication & contribution. In a networked culture, the means/modes are open, but the communicator must cultivate his/her audience. https://thestateofchange.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/water.jpg
  39. 39. How might “getting beyond” matter to scholarly engagement/contribution?
  40. 40. Destabilizes hierarchies
  41. 41. Can extend conversations, resource-sharing, & visibility of work https://www.flickr.com/photos/legends2k/3473962847
  42. 42. Can open new conversations
  43. 43. Can enable multi-mode contributions @hypothes_is!
  44. 44. Cannot be directed top down.
  45. 45. VISION 3: PUBLICS
  46. 46. How to navigate many-to-many communications with minimal harm / damage? http://www.flickr.com/photos/ooocha/2632434274/sizes/z/in/photostream/
  47. 47. Call-out culture
  48. 48. http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/11/conversation-smoosh-twitter-decay/412867/
  49. 49. Speech-based expectations Call Out Culture = Collapsed Publics Print-based interpretations
  50. 50. https://www.flickr.com/photos/seandavis/16528463225/ Hashtag activism = cyborg engagement? “Bodies are maps of power and identity. A cyborg body is not innocent; it was not born in a garden; it does not seek unitary identity and so generate antagonistic dualisms without end (or until the world ends). The machine is us, our processes, an aspect of our embodiment.” - A Cyborg Manifesto, Haraway, 1991
  51. 51. Can open new relationships
  52. 52. …And bring care.
  53. 53. Networked practices = scholarship ¤ Scholarship of discovery ¤ Scholarship of integration ¤ Scholarship of application ¤ Scholarship of teaching ! (Boyer, 1990)
  54. 54. But a scholarship of abundance https://www.flickr.com/photos/92998734@N03/8466586880/
  55. 55. Do our professional identities, engagement & publics reflect the networked complexity of contemporary higher ed? https://c3.staticflickr.com/9/8013/7464195058_24f7388dc3_b.jpg
  56. 56. Our schoolhouse of “getting beyond”
  57. 57. Join in...? THANK YOU. @bonstewart bstewart@upei.ca http://giphy.com/gifs/flirting-charlie-chaplin-film-G3ywhC6eNDVew

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