With the boundaries of place softened and extended by digital communications technologies, learning in a networked society necessitates new distributions of activity across time, space, media, and people; and this development is no longer exclusive to formally designated spaces such as school classrooms, lecture halls, or research laboratories. Place-based Spaces for Networked Learning explores how qualities of physical places make both formal and informal education in a networked society possible. Through a series of investigations and case studies, it illuminates the structural composition and functioning of complex learning environments.
This book offers a wealth of key design elements and attributes for productive learning that educational designers can reuse in multiple contexts. The chapters examine how places are modified, expanded, or supplemented by networking technologies and practices in order to create spaces in which learners can collaboratively develop new understandings, connections, and capabilities. Utilizing a range of diverse but complementary perspectives from anthropology, archaeology, architecture, geography, psychology, sociology, and urban studies, Place-based Spaces for Networked Learning addresses how material places and digital spaces are understood; how sense can be made of new assemblages and configurations of tasks, tools, and people; how the real-time analysis of new flows of data can inform and entertain users of a space; and how access to the digital realm changes our experiences with both places and other people.
"Networked learning research is clearly shifting its emphasis from ‘online’ towards the mixed-mode aspects of the digital and the physical, offline and online, and the meshed reality making the two inseparable. However, this has only now—with the publication of Place-based Spaces for Networked Learning—been captured and treated rigorously from a theoretical, analytical, and empirical perspective. This book will stand as a landmark and a turning point for research into networked learning, and I highly recommend it to researchers and practitioners."
--Thomas Ryberg, Professor in the Department of Communication and Psychology at Aalborg University, Denmark, and Co-chair of the Networked Learning Conference
"The initial rush to understand and implement virtual environments for teaching and learning left consideration of place by the wayside. This book marks a turning point in re-establishing the importance of place as a central constituent of learning activity, focusing much needed attention on the traditions and effects of natural spaces, material objects, and built environments in relation to learning and the design of learning experiences."
--Caroline Haythornthwaite, Professor, SLAIS, The iSchool at the University of British Columbia, Canada
"This is a timely and important book, given the impact of digital technologies and the ways in which they result in the boundaries of place being softened and extended. Learning in a networked society necessitates new distributions of activity across time, space, media, and people, and the well-known editors and authors of this volume are in an excellent position to critique this important issue."
--Gráinne Conole, Professor of Education in the Institute for Education at Bath Spa University, UK
Chapter 1. Place, space and networked learning
Lucila Carvalho, Peter Goodyear and Maarten de Laat
Chapter 2. Placing focus in the place-based spaces for networked learning
David Ashe and Nina Bonderup Dohn
Chapter 3. Educational design and birds on trees
Chapter 4. A study of correspondence, dissonance and improvisation in the design and use of a school-based networked learning environment
Chapter 5. Finding the spaces in-between: learning as a social material practice
Chapter 6. Students physical and digital sites of study: making, marking and breaking boundaries
Lesley Gourlay and Martin Oliver
Chapter 7. The sonic spaces of online, distance learners
Michael Sean Gallagher, James Lamb and Sian Bayne
Chapter 8. Is there anybody out there? Place-based networks for learning: Netmap a tool for accessing hidden informal learning networks
Maarten de Laat and Shane Dawson
Chapter 9. Networked places as communicative resources: a social-semiotic analysis of a re-designed university library
Louise J. Ravelli and Robert J. McMurtrie
Chapter 10. Building bridges: design, emotion and museum learning
Chapter 11. The O in MONA: reshaping museum spaces
Chapter 12. Practicalities of developing and deploying a handheld multimedia guide for museum visitors
Nigel Linge, Kate Booth and David Parsons
Chapter 13. Citizen Cartographer
Juliet Sprake and Peter Rogers
Chapter 14. Designing hubs for connected learning: social, spatial and technological insights from Coworking, Hackerspaces and Meetup groups
Mark Bilandzic and Marcus Foth
Chapter 15. Spaces enabling change: x-lab and science education 2020
Tina Hinton, Pippa Yeoman, Leslie Ashor and Philip Poronnik
Chapter 16. Translating translational research on space design from the health sector to higher education – lessons learnt and challenges revealed
Robert A. Ellis and Kenn Fisher
Chapter 17. Conclusion – Place-Based Spaces for Networked Learning: Emerging Themes and Issues
Peter Goodyear, Lucila Carvalho, Vivien Hodgson and Maarten de Laat