12 March 2014
Join us on the 12 March for a CoCo Seminar by Professor Peter Goodyear titled “What matters in networked learning?”
I will begin this presentation by sketching some of the scope, history and preoccupations of research and practice in the field known as “networked learning”. The term “networked learning” is used these days to connote situations in which large numbers of people (typically 30<n<200,000) collaborate in knowledge creation, with most or all of their interactions being mediated by digital communications technologies. (Some instances of learning with MOOCs can be thought of as networked learning.) The field traces its digital roots back to educational experiments with ‘Computer Mediated Communications’ (email, online bulletin boards etc) in the early 1980s, though pre-digital forms of network learning can be traced to antiquity.
The goal of the main part of the presentation is to share some insights from work I’ve been doing with other members of the ARC Laureate Team on ‘Architectures for Productive Networked Learning’. More specifically, I’d like to focus on some of the troubling, under-scrutinised, relations between digital and non-digital ‘things’ (on the one hand) and learning activities (on the other). We are interested in coming to a better understanding of what would constitute a good knowledge base for people who are professionally committed to designing for other people’s learning. Our hunch is that having some constructs that connect “things that can be designed” to learning activities would be useful. (“Affordance” is often used in educational technology as one such logical connector. Are there others?) Some potential useful theoretical work in and around this area comes from a re-awakening interest (across the human sciences) in materiality. The seminar will provide an opportunity to think about what might be learned by following this ‘materialist turn’ and also what might be contributed back to socio-materialist thinking by researchers who are interested in novel assemblages of material and digital stuff. (That’s us.)
This seminar will be available live online at http://webconf.ucc.usyd.edu.au/seminar-room2/
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