Networked Learning Conference 2020

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Free Chapters from the 10 Springer Networked Learning books

This selection of chapters from 10 books on Networked Learning, published by Springer between 2002 and 2020, represents how Networked Learning has developed and been adopted over the last two decades.

The selected chapters offer an introduction to Networked Learning, with illustrations from practice. They distinguish Networked Learning as an approach to online learning that is grounded in pedagogical principles that critically engage students in reflective and collaborative learning. The chapters also offer critiques and counter-critiques of key ideas and assumptions. They open up a range of opportunities for further exploration.

Providing free access to this body of work is timely, given the rapid switch to online learning during the Covid-19 pandemic. Many university teachers are looking for better ways of teaching online. Networked Learning foregrounds human relationships and collective engagement in mutually valued activities. It is a useful antidote to emergency measures that just ‘place content online’.

The selected chapters are listed under 4 main themes:


A.    Ideas on the potential and possibilities of networked learning in theory and practice

This include chapters that focus on the values and underlying principles of NL with examples in practice and design frameworks.


B.    The impact that digital education and technology is having on teachers/academics, learner and/or the educational landscape

These chapters focus more on the challenges faced by educators going online plus the impact of digital education on learners in a globalised world


C.     Critique of the key ideas used in networked learning and within broader educational practice

These are the chapters that questions some of the ideas that get associated with NL in particular or education practice generally e.g. reflection and assessment


D.    Perceptions of and descriptions of the student experience

These chapters focus on how students are often perceived and their experience of networked learning