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Digital Agency and Academic Practices
Understanding agency in a complex world
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Poiesis and Prolepsis: Giving out to receive in return: Social media for researchers

Poiesis and Prolepsis: Giving out to receive in return: Social media for researchers | Digital Agency and Academic Practices | Scoop.it

Some recent approaches to research suggest that, in the process of research itself, one should give in order to receive in return. In an educational context, this might almost be a taken-for-granted, that without giving there would be no receiving in return.

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Edtech + Academia: Two Worlds Collide?

Edtech + Academia: Two Worlds Collide? | Digital Agency and Academic Practices | Scoop.it
Does edtech deserve to be an academic discipline? Who's to say it isn't already? A reflective interview with Georgetown University's Eddie Maloney.
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“Hands-Off” Teaching: Conversation as Pedagogy in Library Instruction

“Hands-Off” Teaching: Conversation as Pedagogy in Library Instruction | Digital Agency and Academic Practices | Scoop.it

The students before me and their attendant informational needs are more important than the technological tools/databases they and the professor expect to use.

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Why Making Is Essential to Learning

Why Making Is Essential to Learning | Digital Agency and Academic Practices | Scoop.it
At the heart of making is the idea that all students are creators, and hands-on learning plays a key role in maker education.
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University: What Could It Look Like in 2025?

University: What Could It Look Like in 2025? | Digital Agency and Academic Practices | Scoop.it
Based on present-day trends shaping American academia and society, here are four future scenarios that institutions may grapple with in the next 10 years.
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Tottering Ivory Towers

Tottering Ivory Towers | Digital Agency and Academic Practices | Scoop.it
The higher education business should look to earlier episodes of technological tumult to gauge its future.
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Web 1.0 vs Web 2.0 vs Web 3.0 vs Web 4.0 vs Web 5.0 – A bird’s eye on the evolution and definition

Web 1.0 vs Web 2.0 vs Web 3.0 vs Web 4.0 vs Web 5.0 – A bird’s eye on the evolution and definition | Digital Agency and Academic Practices | Scoop.it

What’s so interesting about this video, is the simple fact that none of these so called digital natives are familiar with the term web 2.0. Although they never had a life without technology, they just don’t know how to describe “it”.

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PhD: is the doctoral thesis obsolete?

PhD: is the doctoral thesis obsolete? | Digital Agency and Academic Practices | Scoop.it
Should the foundations of a 21st-century academic career still be built on the traditional model?

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Top 10 Movies for Teaching Media Literacy: Part 1 - The LAMP

Top 10 Movies for Teaching Media Literacy: Part 1 - The LAMP | Digital Agency and Academic Practices | Scoop.it
These movies challenge news, TV and advertising media, question how men and women and race are represented in media, and how we are influenced by media.
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crafting an online identity

crafting an online identity | Digital Agency and Academic Practices | Scoop.it
This is a guest post from Mark Carrigan, Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Ontology: socialontology.org, The University of Warwick and Digital Fellow at The Sociological Review: @thesocreview. Mark tweets at @mark_carrigan and has recently published Social media for academics. The prospect of laboriously crafting an online image is probably somewhat off-putting. It’s certainly a recurrent theme in critiques…
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How to Be a Better Teacher-Person Through Apathy: Office Envy.

John Minichillo has patched together a university teaching career with part-time gigs at various colleges for the past fifteen years. He represents the thousands of short-term university faculty who work without job security for low salaries because they believe, perhaps naively, that what they do is important. He’s in the last year of a non-renewable teaching contract, and he has no idea what’s next.
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When Does Real Learning Happen?

When Does Real Learning Happen? | Digital Agency and Academic Practices | Scoop.it

Learning happens ... When you are comfortable with inherently ambiguous nature of learning

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The Digitization of Higher Education: Charting the Course

The Digitization of Higher Education: Charting the Course | Digital Agency and Academic Practices | Scoop.it
EDUCAUSE has defined an initial eight digital capabilities for higher education and developed corresponding maturity and technology deployment assessments. This article describes those capabilities and provides advice for attaining them.
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New book makes case for reforming the faculty role and proposes model of a 'scholarly educator'

New book makes case for reforming the faculty role and proposes model of a 'scholarly educator' | Digital Agency and Academic Practices | Scoop.it
New book rejects the model of just creating more and more adjunct positions, but also suggests that the path forward probably can't include tenure track for all.
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Social Media Tools: 112 Free & Paid Tools

Social Media Tools: 112 Free & Paid Tools | Digital Agency and Academic Practices | Scoop.it

After testing 200 tools, Ahfaz Ahmed filtered out the most useful social media tools.

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How to Become and Remain a Transformational Teacher

How to Become and Remain a Transformational Teacher | Digital Agency and Academic Practices | Scoop.it
Transformational teachers share best practices, build mentoring relationships, observe their peers, keep things fresh, model their subject's usefulness, and demonstrate caring beyond what they teach.
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Dewey knew how to teach democracy and we must not forget it – Nicholas Tampio | Aeon Essays

He knew how to protect democracy – not by rote and rules but by growing independent-minded kids. Let us not forget it


The political right has often led the charge against Dewey’s legacy. In 1897, Dewey described his ‘pedagogic creed’ as ‘individualistic’ and ‘socialistic’ because it sees the need to nurture each child’s unique talents and interests in a supportive community. For both the business community and traditional-values conservatives, Dewey’s pedagogy fails to train workers, and inculcates liberal, even socialistic values.

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Getting Teams with Different Subcultures to Collaborate

Getting Teams with Different Subcultures to Collaborate | Digital Agency and Academic Practices | Scoop.it
Don’t assume all teams share one “organizational culture.”
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The Internet of Things: Riding the Wave in Higher Education

The Internet of Things: Riding the Wave in Higher Education | Digital Agency and Academic Practices | Scoop.it
Industry leaders have been looking toward and anticipating the Internet of Things for quite some time. EDUCAUSE Review asked five experts in the field to share their insights on lessons learned, on current problems solved and created, and on the possible future impact of the IoT.
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Mock TEF results revealed: a new hierarchy emerges

Mock TEF results revealed: a new hierarchy emerges | Digital Agency and Academic Practices | Scoop.it

The THE data team’s modelling of the potential teaching excellence framework results shows the Russell Group losing out to a new elite

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Critical questions for big data in education

Critical questions for big data in education | Digital Agency and Academic Practices | Scoop.it

Ben Williamson comments that: 


Big data has arrived in education. Educational data science, learning analytics, computer adaptive testing, assessment analytics, educational data mining, adaptive learning platforms, new cognitive systems for learning and even educational applications based on artificial intelligence are fast becoming parts of the educational landscape, in schools, colleges and universities, as well as in the networked spaces of online courses.


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Do teachers need ‘data literacy’? 


Many teachers and school leaders possess little detailed understanding of the data systems that they are using, or required to use. As glossy educational technologies like ClassDojoare taken up enthusiastically by millions of teachers worldwide, might it be useful to ensure that teachers can ask important questions about data ethics, data privacy, data protection, and be able to engage with educational data in an informed way? Despite calls in the US to ensure that data literacy become the focus for teachers’ pre-service training, there appears little sign that the provision of data literacy education for educational practitioners is being developed in the UK.

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Network Literacy: Part One

Howard Rheingold says: "I've become convinced that understanding how networks work is an essential 21st century literacy. This is the first in a series of short videos about how the structure and dynamics of networks influences political freedom, economic wealth creation, and participation in the creation of culture. The first video introduces the importance of understanding networks and explains how the underlying technical architecture of the Internet specifically supports the freedom of network users to innovate."

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The state has lost control: tech firms now run western politics

The state has lost control: tech firms now run western politics | Digital Agency and Academic Practices | Scoop.it

As late capitalism buckles under the pressure of inequality, flatlining wages and fiscal austerity, the tech giants of Silicon Valley are ready to step in and help out the beleaguered state. Which is precisely the problem...

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Whither the Digital Humanities? - Hybrid Pedagogy

Whither the Digital Humanities? - Hybrid Pedagogy | Digital Agency and Academic Practices | Scoop.it

The Digital Humanities (DH) can be viewed in two ways: as emerging and as emergent.

Emerging: Over the last two decades, as it grew from humanities computing into digital humanities, it spawned a range of analytics, journals, conferences, institutes, books, anthologies, courses, programs, and projects that carry its imprimatur with a degree of confidence signifying growth.


Emergent: Responding to new and rapid changes in technology; generating flexible, for-the-moment modes to appropriate the digital to study technological complexity in humanistic contexts; infusing new practices, forms, and tools of communication, learning, entertainment, and pleasure into social lives; negotiating the global flow of economic power and culture through digital systems and networks.


The tension between them is a central force animating DH today.

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