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An examination of digital spaces as sites of identity and citizenship, for higher ed leaders, faculty, staff, and students. Outlines open practice along market, knowledge abundance, and participatory axes, and presents #Antigonish2 as a potential model for making a difference in our contemporary information ecosystem, at global & local levels.

An examination of digital spaces as sites of identity and citizenship, for higher ed leaders, faculty, staff, and students. Outlines open practice along market, knowledge abundance, and participatory axes, and presents #Antigonish2 as a potential model for making a difference in our contemporary information ecosystem, at global & local levels.

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  1. 1. DIGITAL IDENTITIES (& Citizenship): Leading in the Open BONNIE STEWART University of Prince Edward Island April 6, 2017 Keene State College, NH
  2. 2. Me. (idealized digital identity) photo credit: http://www.iamrachelpeters.com/
  3. 3. My work. (real digital identity)
  4. 4. Open practice In other words… scholarship what people had for lunch
  5. 5. + Citizenship.
  6. 6. knowledge scarcity knowledge abundance open participation public models market models gatekeeping The shift towards Open reflects intersecting tensions
  7. 7. Leadership = citizenship. Scholarship = citizenship. In the Open…
  8. 8. This is digital citizenship But it is NOT about technology, per se.
  9. 9. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Learning_theory_(education)#/media/File:Islington_College_Multimedia_Lab.jpg “Nothing could be more absurd than an experiment in which computers are placed in a classroom where nothing else is changed.” – Seymour Papert, 1993
  10. 10. Open citizenship is a practice of SHARING (blog posts, status updates, half-baked ideas, data, vulnerabilities, successes…)
  11. 11. But also navigating borders & belonging.
  12. 12. Sharing requires cultivation of audience
  13. 13. Citizenship… always / already complicated https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e2-94cf-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
  14. 14. In the globalized 21st century, not all empires are geopolitical.
  15. 15. Empires are constructed from money, territory, & information. https://www.flickr.com/photos/pedrovezini/4995737599
  16. 16. Identity is the price of admission. https://www.flickr.com/photos/143601516@N03/28011015990http://www.flickr.com/photos/thelotuscarroll/6842167375/
  17. 17. Well, what happened?
  18. 18. Our sites of identity & citizenship = commodities in an attention economy. http://jaysimons.deviantart.com/art/Map-of-the-Internet-1-0-427143215
  19. 19. Our sites of learning, also. .
  20. 20. Open has benefits for higher ed. https://www.flickr.com/photos/cogdog/30081278011/
  21. 21. Open also raises issues for higher ed.
  22. 22. let’s look at being a citizen of the Open. In day-to-day practice…
  23. 23. Citizenship in the Open =
  24. 24. Market models
  25. 25. Open citizenship operates in quantified spaces
  26. 26. Surveilled spaces “When you work for a company or an institution that collects or trades data, you’re making it easy to surveil people…you’re making it easy to discipline people. You’re making it easy to control people. You’re putting people at risk. You’re putting students at risk.” - Audrey Watters, 2017 http://hackeducation.com/2017/02/02/ed-tech-and-trump
  27. 27. …and branded spaces.
  28. 28. The prestige economies of open scholarship & conventional scholarship intersect, creating benefits. n an attention economy, visibility matters.
  29. 29. People without wealth are at a disadvantage. But open citizenship is often built on free labour.
  30. 30. The more things change… Given that higher ed is already stratified, we need to ensure the Open practices we model do not increase citizens’ disadvantages.
  31. 31. Knowledge abundance https://www.flickr.com/photos/piper/19904408 https://www.flickr.com/photos/jaredzimmerman/15728149611
  32. 32. "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.” - Berlo, 1975
  33. 33. This demands open content + open practice…+ media literacy http://blogs.ifla.org/lpa/files/2017/01/How-to-Spot-Fake-News-1.jpg
  34. 34. But media literacy is not enough. If abundance demands the handling of data, not only our media & educational practices need to change, but what we count as KNOWING.
  35. 35. No gatekeepers = no checks & balances
  36. 36. Racism, sexism, radicalization of all stripes
  37. 37. Participatory spaces
  38. 38. Performative Open practices in participatory space force constant negotiation of identity.
  39. 39. Different from an institutional role.
  40. 40. Participatory open citizenship is built through ongoing signals & traces
  41. 41. But these must compete with distractions…
  42. 42. Spectacle
  43. 43. & Mistrust
  44. 44. * ¤ None of this is new…but it all contributes to an information ecosystem in which people feel cynical and confronted – by difference, by jealousy, by challenges to their worldviews, by blatant efforts to deceive – all in the same spaces.
  45. 45. Participation is confronting.
  46. 46. Being confronted gets people all up in their feelings
  47. 47. We need new stories. We don’t have positive cultural narratives for healthy participation in the Open, nor a vision of what that would mean. http://gossipgenie.com/viewpoint-im-a-social-media-addict/
  48. 48. The more signals & traces we create… The more we likely we are to make someone feel confronted.
  49. 49. Add in virtue signalling… …and tactical contrarianism
  50. 50. …and identity spaces that amplify anger at loss of dominance
  51. 51. Polarization
  52. 52. So digital citizenship is a total gong show. Close the internet & go home.
  53. 53. WAIT.
  54. 54. None of this is new. Not the spectacle. Not the sexism. Not the racism. Not the polarization. We the citizens have made this place.
  55. 55. To build citizens for abundance & participation, we need to practice collaboration. - Mike Caulfield @holden
  56. 56. We need to focus our attention on the parts of the Open – and of media, and of society – that are NOT polarized. And build new practices of citizenship
  57. 57. HOW? There is no simple button to push.
  58. 58. I have one story.
  59. 59. The Maritimes, 1920s: company towns, fishing, outmigration
  60. 60. Moses Coady & Jimmy Tompkins 1.  Take the time to understand our circumstances & the structures that shape our prospects 2.  Take the risk of working together to put pressure on those structures in the places we can move them
  61. 61. An adult education movement Literacy, economic cooperation, rural community development, empowerment
  62. 62. 3 Layer Model: 1.  Mass Meetings 2.  School For Leaders 3. Study Clubs
  63. 63. * I want to do it again.
  64. 64. 3 Layer Model: 1.  Global Network 2. Regional Institutional Hubs & Summer Institute 3. Community Workshops & Study Clubs
  65. 65. #Antigonish2 A way to work together to identify – & put our shoulders to the wheel of – means to effect change. Structures. Narratives. Practices.
  66. 66. Community Capacity-Building
  67. 67. Through a lens of Media Literacy
  68. 68. Goal: minimizing polarization
  69. 69. Will it solve all our problems? NO
  70. 70. But it may help us figure out what to do when confronted…
  71. 71. #4wordstories
  72. 72. *
  73. 73. THANK YOU.

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