Our Digital Planet in Bristol – Dispelling some Digital Inclusion Myths It’s now just over a week since I completed my first two week stint as Internet Station Manager on Nominet Trust‘s Our Digital Planet Exhibition. We were in Bristol for this session. Lloyd Davis will be taking the show on to Cardiff this week, before I take the helm again for Liverpool and Glasgow. It’s been a really interesting two weeks, and has been especially useful in giving me some additional insight into the barriers faced by digitally excluded people. In case you don’t know what I mean by that. So, those who fall into the category of the digitally terrified or ignorant came in and made a few tentative steps along their road to digital inclusion. And then there were those whose route along the digital path had been halted by some obstacle or other. And, then there was Ron. That exchange summed up for me one of the real challenges we face in digital inclusion. So, I want to bang the drum, stand on a hill top, and shout to anyone who will listen. Like this: Like Loading...
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The couches of strangers, and three perspectives on the relationship between social media and scholarship I am editing, revising, and re-writing various parts of my book, Networked Scholars. Here’s another rough draft, which is a followup from yesterday’s entry : The thought of spending a night on a stranger’s couch many elicit apprehension and concern. The thought of spending time online may elicit many trepidation for scholars. The practice of networked scholarship isn’t without perils. Siemens and Matheos (201X) argued that educational institutions reflect the societies which house them: as societies change, so do their educational institutions and the scholarly practices that they support and encourage. At the same time, we should be weary of the perspective that technologies are neutral tools that merely respond to the needs of users. Thus, the relationship between academic practices and technologies is negotiated and complex. The first perspective suggests that social media (and their design and affordances) shape scholarship and participation.
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