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.