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Image CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Ed YourdonEd Yourdon (1944-2016)Exploring our digital identitiesCatherine Cronin, NUI [email protected]#eportfoliohub16 23 March 2016

So happy to be here today only sorry to have missed the first 2 days of the conference.Zooming out to consider DIGITAL IDENTITY & NETWORKSunderstanding of both is critical for us as scholars & as teachers. 1

3 #hashtags

CONTEXT 4 hashtags from my Twitter feed2


Following #DIGPED for the past 3 days (Digital Pedagogy Lab Cairo)Educators working together considering challenging questions like us here 3


I have followed #DIGILIT for several years people such as Josie, Doug, Helen & othersshare resources and are willing to engage in conversations.

Hashtag across many sectors primary, secondary, higher & community education, informal education, and beyond.4


Zooming out further again hashtags of current community, social, political & human rights issues. 5

Image: CC BY-NC 2.0 Roo Reynolds

Networked Publicsdanah [email protected] space constructed throughnetworked technologiesthe imagined collective which emerges(people + tech + practice)

How can I follow these conversations? How can I connect with these people? Engaging in NETWORKED PUBLICS public space 6

Participatory Culture:low barriers to artistic expression & civic engagementstrong support for creating & sharinginformal mentorshipmembers believe their contributions mattersocial connectionHenry [email protected]

These few tweets are examples of PARTICIPATORY CULTURE (aka Web 2.0)Henry Jenkins coined this term, about 10 years ago, in response to the concept Consumer Culture. 7

#marref #hometovoteImages: @joecaslin @HelenORahilly @hendinarts @IvorCrotty

Powerful example here in Ireland

Q: What are the LITERACY PRACTICES of participatory culture?8

multimodalmultimedia voice / choicenetworked topic / contentsocial genre / tonepurposeful space / placecollaborative time / durationagentic

Participatory Cultureliteracy practices

Q: To what extent are we acknowledging, supporting & developing these literacy practices in HE?9

I dont 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 (2011)Slide: CC-BY-SA catherinecronin Image: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 yobink

One view of how HE will change IS changing is this quote by Joi Ito, Director of MIT Media Lab.A: Students come to HE as networked individuals, with existing IDENTITIES, NETWORKS & informal learning PRACTICESWe tend to ignore those

Q: What are our responsibilities as scholars in networks?


Networked participatory scholarship is the emergent practice of scholars use of participatory technologies and online social networks to share, reflect upon, critique, improve, validate, and further their scholarship...In courses organized as networks course activity takes place in distributed online fora. This type of online course breaks away from the norm of 20th century university scholarship by positioning knowledge around social connections rather than around content, enabling scholars to re-envision teaching instruction, their role as teachers, and the ways that knowledge is acquired.Veletsianos & Kimmons (2012)@veletsianos



Physical SpacesBounded Online SpacesOpen Online Spaces

Higher EducationImage: CC BY-SA 2.0 Catherine Cronin, built on original Networked Teacher image by Alec Couros

Not a choice! Often all 3

IDENTITY:>> Ascribed, role institutional structures>> Chosen, created networked culture

Q: So why dont we do this? What stops us?


Image CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 maistorawe wear many different hats





WHO YOU SHARE withcontext collapse

WHO YOU SHARE asdigital identity



2 Concluding Statement:

#1. It is important to be a public scholar in networked publicsAnd to think about our responsibilities in networks.This requires thinking about our digital identity / identities AND a willingness to listen/learn & connect/share. 16

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

#2. It is vitally important for our students their identities are developing. Learning is an identity project, after all.We can model public scholarship how to learn in networks, have a voice in networked publics how to speak, collaborate, care. 17

Image: CC BY-NC 2.0 Idrose

This is not without cost in time, thought & care.Sometimes, it feels a bit like this!

BUT being active, as a scholar and as a person, in networks has improved my life immeasurablyand part of that has been to intentionally support students in developing their own identities and voices not necessarily on Twitter or Moodle or Mahara but on the web, in public.


Image: CC BY-SA 2.0 William Murphy

We have to build our half of the bridge Colm McCann

We can move towards our students and towards one another, in networks.

Colm McCann: We have to build our half of the bridge no matter who or where we happen to be.19

Thank you!Catherine [email protected]/cicroninabout.me/catherinecronin


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