1st Edition

Rethinking Learning in an Age of Digital Fluency Is being digitally tethered a new learning nexus?

By Maggi Savin-Baden Copyright 2015
    178 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    178 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    "This is a book that I am going to have to own, and will work to find contexts in which to recommend.  It cuts obliquely through so many important domains of evidence and scholarship that it cannot but be a valuable stimulus" -Hamish Macleod, University of Edinburgh 

    Digital connectivity is a phenomenon of the 21st century and while many have debated its impact on society, few have researched relationship between the changes taking place and the actual impact on learning. Rethinking Learning in an Age of Digital Fluency examines what kind of impact an increasingly connected environment is having on learning and what kind of culture it is creating within learning settings.

    Engagement with digital media and navigating through digital spaces with ease is something that many young people appear to do well, although the tangible benefits of this are unclear. This book, therefore, will present an overview of current research and practice in the area of digital tethering, whilst examining how it could be used to harness new learning and engagement practices that are fit for the modern age. Questions that the book also addresses include:

      • Is being digital tethered a new learning nexus?
      • Are social networking sites spaces for co-production of knowledge and spaces of inclusive learning?
      • Are students who are digitally tethered creating new learning maps and pedagogies?
      • Does digital tethering enable students to use digital media to create new learning spaces?

    This fascinating and at times controversial text engages with numerous aspects of digital learning amongst undergraduate students including mobile learning, individual and collaborative learning, viral networking, self-publication and identity dissemination. It will be of enormous interest to researchers and students in education and educational psychology.


    Chapter 1 Useful tethering

    Chapter 2 The landscape of learning

    Chapter 3 Piracy and Pedagogies

    Chapter 4 Learning on the move? Liquidity and Meshwork

    Chapter 5 Being digitally tethered

    Chapter 6 Learning together alone

    Chapter 7 Digital fluency

    Chapter 8 Tethered Identities?

    Chapter 9 Digital Surveillance and Tethered Integrity

    Chapter 10 Wizards and brinkmanship




    Maggi Savin-Baden is Professor of Education, University of Worcester, UK. She has researched and evaluated staff and student experience of learning in higher education for over 20 years.