The Journal Postdigital Science and Education invited me to read the fabulous book “Student Engagement in the Digital University: Sociomaterial Assemblages,” published by Lesley Gourlay and Martin Oliver in 2018. The review I wrote starts with the following introduction:
Lesley Gourlay and Martin Oliver’s Student Engagement in the Digital University: Sociomaterial Assemblages (2018) is a welcome and critical contribution to the study of how students actually engage with the digital university in everyday practice. Inspired by scholars in New Literacy Studies (NLS), Science and Technology Studies (STS), and by Actor-Network Theory (ANT), Gourlay and Oliver argue for a socio-material understand- ing of students’ digital engagement by adopting assemblages (Latour 2005; Fenwick et al. 2015; Bennett 2010) as a conceptual lens. The authors make their case through the study of ‘students’ day-to-day practices of studying’ (62) in the digital university and develop their argument in 12 compelling chapters that read as a liberating narrative from the non- stop messianic ‘tech-talk’ in education (Selwyn 2016: ix). In this context, Gourlay and Oliver (2018) unpack complex issues like How do current discourses and ideologies position students, teachers, scholarship, and the university in relation to the digital in higher education? How does research in education approach students’ agency in the digital university? What kind of revolution follows the use of digital technology in universities―if any? What can (or cannot) we as researchers perceive when applying models and frameworks on empirical student data?
Reading about these issues offers a breath of fresh air that entices the curious reader to learn more about ‘student engagement as a set of socio-material practices’ (Gourlay and Oliver 2018: 9) and to engage with the ‘messy, imperfect, contingent and improvised’ (11) nature of student practices in digital-analog entanglements. By doing so, one embarks on an intellectually stimulating journey that starts with offering a critique to abstract discourses of the digital in higher education; continues with empirical studies of the students’ day-to-day practices in the digital university; and ends by suggesting assemblages as a lens for the study of socio-material practices in higher education.
Cerratto Pargman, T. Review of Lesley Gourlay and Martin Oliver (2018). Student Engagement in the Digital University: Sociomaterial Assemblages. Postdigit Sci Educ (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s42438-020-00178-5
PhD position in HCI with a focus on Digital Humanities at Stockholm University, Sweden
** Application Deadline** April 15 2018.
The Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, Stockholm University is looking for a PhD student to join our team. The PhD position is linked to the research project Ground Truth 2.0 which is a three-year project funded by the EU – http://gt20.eu/ The project aims at designing, setting up and evaluating six citizen observatories under real conditions in six different countries in the world (two in Africa and four in Europe including one of them in Sweden). The project uses mobile apps and social media analytics to citizen-collected data. As such, citizens can share data about the environment and take on new, crucial roles in environmental monitoring, decision making, cooperative planning and environmental stewardship. Within this research context, the PhD candidate will investigate the following questions: What is the designer’s agency in configuring and infrastructuring civic participation and engagement in society? What kinds of dilemmas (technical as well as those associated with the designer’s own values, beliefs and ideologies) emerge when they develop practices that contribute to citizens’ participation and political action? What exactly are designers who are committed to contributing to civic participation sensitive to?
The work will produce knowledge regarding the role of design competence in the digital age, factors that are critical for infrastructuring civic participation, emergent (new) civic practices as well as a critical understanding of entanglements between design and citizens’ participatory practices in sociotechnical infrastructures.
For more information about required qualifications, the selection process, terms of employment etc., please consult the following links:
if you have any questions please get in touch with me email@example.com or the Director of PhD studies, Sirkku Männikkö-Barbutiu, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Linnaeus University is organising with the support of Videum, Region Kronoberg and Swedsoft this international workshop that aims to gain insights and perspectives from international scholars and professionals on how to promote computational thinking development. The event brings together researchers and teachers from Finland, Sweden, Germany, Holland, Greece, Israel and Hong Kong who are working on topics related to Computational Thinking and Coding Skills in Schools. Presentations and hands on discussions will be part of the workshop.
For more information see here
The programme is here
Together with colleagues at KTH, we are organising this workshop. Take a look at the website and join us at ECSCW 2017 in Sheffield!
Here is the cfp
I am proud to announce that our worksop on “Emergent Practices and Material Conditions in Tablet-mediated Collaborative Learning and Teaching” has been accepted at CSCL 2017.
The call for papers is available here
We plant to publish an Special Issue on the workshop after the workshop.
Last time we organized “#TMCL15 – Changing Teaching and Learning Practices in Schools with Tablet-Mediated Collaborative Learning: Nordic, European and International Views” at CSCL 2015.
Workshop organizers are:
Teresa Cerratto-Pargman, Stockholm University, Sweden, email@example.com
Isa Jahnke, University of Missouri-Columbia, USA, firstname.lastname@example.org
Crina Damsa, University of Oslo, Norway, email@example.com
Miguel Nussbaum, Pontificia Universidad Católica, Chile, firstname.lastname@example.org
Roger Säljö, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, email@example.com
Our Programme Committee
Jun Oshima, Japan
Yishay Mor, Israel
Marcelo Milrad, Sweden
Eva Mårell-Ohlsson, Sweden
Stefan Aufenanger, Germany
Swapna Kumar, USA
Sten Ludvigsen, Norway
Beatrice Ligorio, Italy
Olga Viberg, Sweden
What a nice conference in a city that I love and where i have spent so many years of my student life. I had a great time there and I was super proud of my colleague Jalal who made a good job presenting our work! Read about our work here.
This is ongoing work on Democracy OS Argentina I am conducting together with Somya Joshi at DSV. It is a project driven by a passionate group of people who started Democracia en Red (Net Democracy), Partido de la Red The Net Party in Argentina and Democracy Earth foundation.
In August, I presented our work in the TING workshop at the Participatory Design Conference. Read about our first approach of democracy OS. here: PDF.