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Networked Learning 2016

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Tuesday, May 10 • 4:30pm - 4:55pm
Connecting Scholarship in the Open: A Scoping Review of Academic Researcher Personal Learning Support Structures

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Social media and public engagement play an increasing role in how people across ages, disciplines, and interests communicate with each other and perform their own lives. While different audiences participate for a variety of reasons, researchers increasingly explore how connections are made, remain, and shift, along with the whats and whys these occur, especially within personal learning networks or environments related to academic learning (Buchem, Attwell, & Torres, 2011; Dabbagh & Kitsantas, 2012; Kop, 2011; Rahimi, Berg, & Veen, 2014; Veletsianos, 2012). While researcher development is a growing speciality within higher education academic discourse (McAlpine & Amundsen, 2009; McAlpine, Horn, & Rath, 2011; Wisker et al., 2010; Wisker, Robinson, Trafford, Lilly, & Warnes, 2004), little is known about researcher support structures of those engaging in research in public. Social media is meant to promote and share in conversations, with personal learning networks and connected communities increasingly utilized by developing researchers.With social media and networking technologies constantly shifting how people use, learn from, and make meaning with them, a scoping study is a useful methodology to explore this area. A purpose of a scoping study includes examining the range and nature of an area of research, determine value of undergoing a full systematic review, summarizing findings of previous studies, and identifying gaps in the literature (Arksey & O'Malley, 2005; Paré, Trudel, Jaana, & Kitsiou, 2015). While there are numerous kinds of literature reviews, scoping studies are particularly useful when a rapid overview of the literature is needed to broadly map what is currently known about an area (Pham et al., 2014), especially one that is not directly linked to a specific disciplinary community or function.The question that will guide this study is: How do developing researchers learn in networked public spaces?

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Jeffrey M. Keefer

Director of Training & Knowledge Management (Urban Parks) + Educational Researcher + Professor, New York University & The Trust for Public Land
Director of Training & Knowledge Management (Urban Parks) + Educational Researcher + Professor = Actor-Network Theory + Liminality + Connected Learning

Tuesday May 10, 2016 4:30pm - 4:55pm
Bowland 2 Lancaster House Hotel

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