Negotiating Networked Learning in the Era of Literacies

Proposal Title: 
Negotiating Networked Learning in the Era of Literacies
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Abstract: 

As the proliferation of digital technologies and access to information continues to invite different ways of thinking, literacies in the 21st century is influenced by the constantly evolving, densely interconnected complex systems. This presentation explores how connectivism and networked learning might be used to enhance teaching and learning experiences in the writing classroom. I seek to demonstrate how personal communication devices, Open Educational Resources, and cloud-based computing could be integrated into the curriculum to cultivate interactive and self-directed learning, enabling students to acquire knowledge, collaborate with other writers, and establish their professional identities. 

Proposal: 

Students in most colleges today are supported by web applications and educational avenues that promote inquiry-based collaborative learning. As the proliferation of digital technologies and access to information continues to invite different ways of thinking, literacies in the 21st century is influenced by the constantly evolving, densely interconnected complex systems. While these networked systems have the potential to expand the ecologies of teaching and learning, many students and teachers of writing have yet to tap into its richness. This presentation explores how connectivism and networked learning might be used to enhance teaching and learning experiences in the writing classroom. I seek to demonstrate how personal communication devices, Open Educational Resources, and cloud-based computing could be integrated into the curriculum to cultivate interactive and self-directed learning, enabling students to acquire knowledge, collaborate with other writers, and establish their professional identities. I will also consider the teacher’s role in facilitating the networked learning process and helping students to situate themselves within the complex relationships of technologies, ideological institutions, and discourse communities. Along with the presentation, I hope to create an open forum with the participants to discuss about the embedded and embodied rhetorics in networked technology, as well as to explore possible methodologies for humanistic research in the realm of connectivism.

Context: 
This presentation fits into the larger picture of what it means to cultivate a literate society in the 21st century--an era of networked learning and student empowerment. Computers and writing specialists are on the verge of inventing new ways to facilitate learning in the modern classroom as well as to advocate for technological improvements at the institutional level. This presentation aims to uncover what’s beneath these goals and proposes ways to achieve them.
Proposal Type: 
individual