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Open Education and Digital Identities

Presentation for IT Research Series seminar at NUI Galway, February 2014.
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Open Education and Digital Identities

  1. 1. Open Education and Digital Identities Catherine Cronin IT Research Seminar, NUI Galway 06 February 2014 Image: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 etutoria
  2. 2. @catherinecronin
  3. 3. Academic coordinator - IT Online Lecturer - #ct231 Open and networked educator CC image: Laenulfean
  4. 4. “I don’t think education is about centralized instruction anymore; rather, it is the process [of] establishing oneself as a node in a broad network of distributed creativity.” – Joi Ito @joi Quote: Joi Ito Image: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 yo
  5. 5. networks openness identity
  6. 6. The higher education sector has reached a critical point where it must address the innovations that have changed the way its learners, and the rest of society, seek and engage with knowledge.
  7. 7. 2005 2013 Source: Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, 2005-2013
  8. 8. #icollab TAGSExplorer thanks to @mhawksey
  9. 9. Networked Publics space constructed through networked technologies the imagined collective which emerges (people + tech + practice) danah boyd @zephoria Image: CC BY-NC 2.0 Roo Reynolds
  10. 10. Networked Individualism Social Networks Mobile Internet
  12. 12. Networked Teacher Image CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Alec Couros
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  14. 14. Networked Students too… Student Based on image CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Alec Couros
  15. 15. Networked Educators Networked Students Classroom Bounded Online Spaces Open Online Spaces
  16. 16. Flickr CC images: cdessums, infidelic, sholeh!
  17. 17. The Daily Divide Individuals with abundant access to ICTs who have habits of effective use of these technologies in information-seeking and problem-solving activities are unable to make effective use of these technologies in higher education settings. David Wiley & John Hilton III (2009)
  18. 18. Networked Educators Networked Students Classroom Bounded Online Spaces Open Online Spaces
  19. 19. Networked Educators Networked Students Classroom Bounded Online Spaces Open Online Spaces
  20. 20. networks openness identity
  21. 21. As studies become more contextualised it seems that the real lesson of online identity is not that it transforms identity but that it makes us more aware that offline identity was already more multiple, culturally contingent and contextual than we had appreciated. Danny Miller (2013) Future Identities report
  22. 22. privacy authenticity Image CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Frederic Poirot digital identity
  23. 23. Digital Identities – multiple aspects Key Selves of Networked Publics: • Performative Self • Quantified Self • Participatory Self • Asynchronous Self • Augmented Self • Surveiled Self • Branded Self Bonnie Stewart @bonstewart Image:
  24. 24. “If institutions of learning are going to help learners with the real challenges they face... [they] will have to shift their focus from imparting curriculum to supporting the negotiation of productive identities through landscapes of practices.” Etienne Wenger (2010) CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 choconancy1
  25. 25. #icollab
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  27. 27. Networked Educators Networked Students Classroom Bounded Online Spaces Open Online Spaces
  28. 28. Learners need to practice and experiment with different ways of enacting their identities, and adopt subject positions through different social technologies and media. These opportunities can only be supported by academic staff who are themselves engaged in digital practices and questioning their own relationship with knowledge. - Keri Facer & Neil Selwyn (2010)
  29. 29. open education and digital identity: issues to explore  Created vs. ascribed identities  Development of new identities (social, pedagogical, civic, professional)  Crossing boundaries (temporal & spatial as well as institution, education sector, geography, culture, power level)  Power relationships between educators and students
  30. 30. Thank you! Catherine Cronin @catherinecronin
  31. 31. References boyd, dana (2010). Social network sites as networked publics: Affordances, dynamics, and implications. In Z. Papacharissi (Ed.), Self: Identity, Community, and Culture on Social Network Sites. (pp. 39-58). Facer, Keri & Selwyn, Neil (2010). Social networking: Key messages from the research. In R. Sharpe, H. Beetham & S. de Freitas (Eds.) Rethinking Learning For A Digital Age. Gutiérrez, Kris D. (2008). Developing a sociocritical literacy in the Third Space. Reading Research Quarterly, 43(2), 148-164. Ito, J. (2011, December 5). In an open-source society, innovating by the seat of our pants. The New York Times. Miller, Danny (2013). Future Identities report. Foresight Project, DR2. Pew Research Center (2013) Internet and American Life Project Rainie, Lee & Wellman, Barry (2012). Networked: The new social operating system. MIT Press. Stewart, Bonnie (2013). Massiveness + openness = new literacies of participation? MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, 9(2). Wenger, Etienne (2010) Knowledgeability in Landscapes of Practice SRHE Conference 2010. In deFreitas & Jameson, Eds. (2012) The e-Learning Reader Wiley, David & Hilton III, John (2009). Openness, dynamic specialization, and the disaggregated future of higher education. The International Review Of Research In Open And Distance Learning, 10(5).