Networked learning in a postdigital-biodigital age

Jandrić, P and Hayes, S ORCID: 0000-0001-8633-0155 (2023) 'Networked learning in a postdigital-biodigital age.' In: Dohn, N.B, Jaldemark, J, Öberg, L-M, Håkansson Lindqvist, M, Ryberg, T and de Laat, M, eds. Sustainable networked learning: individual, sociological and design perspectives. Springer, Cham, pp. 35-48. ISBN 9783031427176

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Networked Learning (NL) has developed predominantly in university settings, yet much of the research across decades has implicit links with broader global concepts, such as bioinformation, biodigitalism, postdigitalism, critical posthumanism and viral modernity. In this chapter, we explore these implicit connections as an important, less recognized part of NL. We surface some postdigital-biodigital challenges in NL by revisiting relevant histories, concepts, and definitions and noticing where there are connections, particularly when NL and Postdigital Science and Education have developed in the same Zeitgeist. Despite diverse histories, these areas of research have resulted in different, yet often overlapping theories, approaches, and ethos. After examining a number of cross-cutting areas of interest, we ask why a focus towards postdigital-biodigital challenges in NL is worthwhile, and indeed, why now? We perceive NL to implicitly hold a long history of deep and successful engagement with postdigital-biodigital challenges in theory and through the concept of convergence. Convergence is an important and sustained concept in NL that can break down perceived barriers to developing cross-cutting research in the areas discussed throughout this chapter. It is therefore timely to bring to light explicit bioinformational connections, to help focus our research efforts on NL in a postdigital-biodigital age.

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This chapter is part of a book created from papers delivered at the '13th International Conference on Networked Learning' held on 16–18 May 2022 at Mid-Sweden University, Sundsvall, Sweden.

UN SDGs: Goal 4: Quality Education
Keywords: networked learning, postdigital, bioinformation, biodigital, convergence, biology, information, society
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Divisions: School of Education
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2023 11:24
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