Networks of knowledge, students as producers, and politicised inquiry
Dohn, Nina Bonderup
de Laat, Maarten
AffiliationUniversity of Bedfordshire
Liverpool John Moores University
University of Southern Denmark
Zagreb University of Applied Sciences
University of Wollongong
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Other TitlesMobility, Data and Learner Agency in Networked Learning
AbstractThis chapter explores the potential for the development of new learning opportunities in higher education, through students being conceptualised not as consumers, recipients or commodities, but rather as co-researchers and co-producers of knowledge. It discusses the implications of new forms of networked knowledge enabled by the emergence of semantic web and linked data technologies, and the reconceptualisation of the Internet as a ‘global data space’. These approaches have the potential to allow students to engage critically with existing data and data practices, generate new data and, perhaps more significantly, to participate in local or global knowledge networks. These activities involve not only the development of specific techno-literacies, but also broader critical digital literacies of which we offer examples and propose a number of dimensions. A critical digital literacies perspective, particularly when combined with the idea of students as co-researchers and co-producers, provides a basis for student to undertake critical and politicised inquiry as part of a broader reframing of the purposes of higher education.
CitationCarmichael P, Tracy F (2020) 'Networks of Knowledge, Students as Producers, and Politicised Inquiry', in Dohn NB, Jandrić P, Ryberg T, de Laat M (ed(s).). Mobility, Data and Learner Agency in Networked Learning, edn, Cham: Springer pp.117-135.
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