Networked Learning and Intercultural Collaboration

The nature of digital networks with a focus on intercultural and global collaboration

Networked Learning and Intercultural Collaboration

This track is about relationships, professional and social, and how we can learn with and through others different from ourselves online. Participants will explore the nature of digital networks with a focus on intercultural and global collaboration, and will consider how networks are both responding to and creating digital culture. Discussions will focus on digital identity, social media, blogging, MOOCs, rhizomatic learning, and how these are inflected by intersectionality, as well as cultural and linguistic differences across the digital.

Participants will experiment with tools and hybrid practices that can help build learning communities that extend beyond the bounds of not just the classroom, but also timezone, nationality, and culture; and we’ll also explore the challenges, risks, and benefits of having students collaborating openly on the web. In particular, participants will focus on questions like: How can digital interaction with those culturally different from us help us become better citizens? How do we subvert power differences inherent in cross-cultural collaboration? Participants may choose to collaboratively author recommendations for some of the challenges of global networking. This track is for professionals, researchers, students, and teachers who are interested in developing and sustaining local/global learning networks, including those actively involved in network-centered activism.

Guest Speakers

Roz Hussin will lead a hands-on hybrid reflection activity where participants will explore the potential of tapping into serendipitous networks and rhizomatic symbiosis. Roz is an Instructional Design Technology Specialist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, with a personal interest heutagogy (self directed learning) through immersive-participatory action research.  

Laura Gogia will join the group on Tuesday to lead a discussion about her doctoral research on assessment of connected learning. Laura is an educational consultant, researcher, and designer specializing in program evaluation, digital learning, and higher education. She is the principal for Bandwidth Strategies, where she offers organizational development and creative support for institutions of higher and continuing education.

Rebecca Hogue and Autumm Caines will participate in a hybrid discussion about Virtually Connecting, the ethos of empathy, hospitality, and long-distance community. Rebecca is a PhD Candidate at the University of Ottawa, and has a professional background in instructional design and software quality assurance. Autumm Caines is the Associate Director of Academic Technology in the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at Capital University in Columbus, OH.

Suggested Readings

The readings below will help provide background and context for the work of Networked Learning and Intercultural Collaboration.