Keynote: Scholarly Networks: Friend or Foe or Risky Fray? ALL OF THE ABOVE (Public & Livestreamed)

22 Mar 2016
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Moataz Al Alfi Hall

Keynote: Scholarly Networks: Friend or Foe or Risky Fray? ALL OF THE ABOVE (Public & Livestreamed)

Open, participatory online learning and scholarship don’t necessarily require credentials, but do, in effect, demand the construction, performance, and curation of intelligible, public, networked identities as a price of admission. What does this mean for academia? Are digital networks friend or foe to scholars, or are they a risky, fraught space in which academic publics become unwieldy?

This keynote frames “All of the Above” as the answer to these questions. It explores both academia and social networks as reputational economies, and examines the ways in which the terms by which scholarship and learning have been defined and legitimized are being unsettled by sea changes in infrastructure and communications. What signals count as credibility among networked educators and learners? What responsibilities do educators have to help learners and peers develop productive participatory identities? What risks and power relations need to be addressed as part of that process?

Bonnie will explore questions of what academic identity means in a world of social media and information abundance, and the challenges that networked publics raise for scholars and for higher education.

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