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dc.contributor.authorThompson, Terrie-Lynnen_UK
dc.contributor.editorBayne, Sen_UK
dc.contributor.editorJones, Cen_UK
dc.contributor.editorde Laat, Men_UK
dc.contributor.editorRyberg, Ten_UK
dc.contributor.editorSinclair, Cen_UK
dc.description.abstractThis short paper (and Pecha Kucha presentation) explores new mobilities and spatial re-orderings of adult work-learning practices. Attention is given to the more sophisticated digital fluencies that seem to be demanded of adult work-learners and the pedagogical implications for educators. Sociomaterial perspectives encourage thinking about how “thingly gatherings” serve in the performance of practice. The unbounded blurry nature of the web and its artefacts can perhaps be described as fluid spaces enfolding with other fluid spaces. Thus, web-based spaces are not containers in which online learning activities take place but rather sociomaterial assemblages that take on particular energies as people and things—both online and offline—negotiate how they move, mix, and mobilize in their correspondences. Analysis draws on empirical data from a research project that explored the effects of the infusion of web and mobile technologies in the enactment of the global work and everyday learning practices of the contingent workforce (the self-employed or micro-small business entrepreneurs). An array of mobilities became evident in these practices, including interactions that slide in, through, and between different cyberspaces; the persistent infusion of the digital and physical into the other; and often capricious and vacillating patterns of presence and absence. However, alongside the mobilities that become evident in these practices, immobilities were also prominent. Using the sociality of practices around mobile devices as an entry point to explore this contradiction, it seems that forces and flows of mobilities are also tied to specificities of place. Although the physical becomes entangled with the digital to enact a specific work-learning space, such spatial re-orderings are not always easily accomplished. Moreover, the often overlooked and invisible spatial negotiations evoked to enact mobility unfold in multiple work-learning places: at home, on the move, in third spaces, at the office, field-based temporary work sites, and innumerable online spaces. This multiplicity adds complexity to how work-learning spaces are conceptualized. Several digital fluencies (a mix of expertise, responsibility, criticality, and innovation) emerge, urging pedagogical and policy response. Four will be highlighted: navigating scale, negotiating openness, wayfinding (Siemens, 2011), and fragmenting-tethering. How to wor k through the challenges of addressing these fluencies and how best to interrupt current practices are questions facing both educators and adult worker-learners and I hope this paper prompts such discussion.en_UK
dc.publisherNetworked Learning Conferenceen_UK
dc.relationThompson T (2014) Mobile work-learning: Spatial re-orderings and digital fluencies. In: Bayne S, Jones C, de Laat M, Ryberg T & Sinclair C (eds.) Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Networked Learning. 9th International Conference on Networked Learning, Edinburgh, 07.04.2014-09.04.2014. Lancaster, pp. 541-546.
dc.rightsAuthor retains copyright.en_UK
dc.subjectActor Network Theoryen_UK
dc.subjectmobile devicesen_UK
dc.subjectadult work-learning practicesen_UK
dc.titleMobile work-learning: Spatial re-orderings and digital fluenciesen_UK
dc.typeConference Paperen_UK
dc.type.statusVoR - Version of Recorden_UK
dc.citation.btitleProceedings of the 9th International Conference on Networked Learningen_UK
dc.citation.conferencedates2014-04-07 - 2014-04-09en_UK
dc.citation.conferencename9th International Conference on Networked Learningen_UK
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rioxxterms.typeConference Paper/Proceeding/Abstracten_UK
local.rioxx.authorThompson, Terrie-Lynn|0000-0002-8166-3791en_UK
local.rioxx.projectInternal Project|University of Stirling|
local.rioxx.contributorBayne, S|en_UK
local.rioxx.contributorJones, C|en_UK
local.rioxx.contributorde Laat, M|en_UK
local.rioxx.contributorRyberg, T|en_UK
local.rioxx.contributorSinclair, C|en_UK
local.rioxx.filenameMobile work-learning Spatial re-orderings and digital fluencies.pdfen_UK
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