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Title: Report on the Digital and Youth Learning unConference and Scholar Knowledge Exchange
Author(s): Thompson, Terrie-Lynn
Vetter, Tony
Citation: Thompson T & Vetter T (2014) Report on the Digital and Youth Learning unConference and Scholar Knowledge Exchange. IDRC. Canada.
Keywords: knowledge exchange
social entrepreneurship
Issue Date: 31-Aug-2014
Date Deposited: 7-Feb-2019
Abstract: Integrating ICTs into development programs is complex. Although research can inform decisions made by practitioners as they embed new technologies into learning and work strategies, the synergies between research, practice, knowledge, and learning are not always fluid. Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT), a Canadian-based international social enterprise, designed an innovative approach to address these tensions: The Digital Youth & Learning unConference. This project may help conceptualize more innovative approaches towards knowledge exchange and prompt critical re-thinking of scholarship and knowledge generation, particularly within a global context. African and Canadian scholars, alongside DOT’s youth beneficiaries, global and regional staff, donors, and local and Canadian partners worked to increase research and learning capacity within DOT and its extended network, deepen and widen contributions to key development issues, and generate new collaboration modes. African-based research focused on ICT, youth, gender, learning and pedagogy, and entrepreneurship served as a catalyst. Outcomes include: an innovative re-usable approach to multi-sectoral knowledge exchange, the development of an online model and platform to support an unConference format, and increased capacity within the NGO to engage with the research community. This report outlines the main activities of this project as well as key learnings and important questions this project raises for future research and knowledge exchange initiatives.
Type: Project Report
Rights: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Others can use and adapt this work, assuming they also make it available through a creative commons ethos; no commercial use of this work.
Affiliation: University of Alberta
Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT)
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