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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?

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Learning in the open: Networked student identities

  1. 1. Learning in the Open:Networked Student Identities University of Prince Edward Island February 2013 Bonnie Stewart
  2. 2. What is a networked learner? h"p://  
  3. 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. 4. Higher Ed = change on multiple axes public funding knowledge scarcityclosed open neoliberal corporatism knowledge abundance
  5. 5. Newly emerging species:open, public learner/scholars
  6. 6. We are cyborgh"p://­‐higgs/75598487/  
  7. 7. Networks & the Academy:trends in ways of knowing
  8. 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. 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. 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. 11. Benefits as thinker:just-in-time emergent, choral conversation
  12. 12. Benefits as learner & scholar:access, engagement, profile
  13. 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. 14. Thank you.@bonstewart