Theorizing learning spaces: A sociomaterial approach

Phil Tietjen, Scott McDonald, Michael M. Rook

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Abstract

This poster session recognizes the expanding base of research in Future Learning Spaces and argues that one of the problems confronting this emerging area is the lack of robust analytical frameworks. Drawing from a sociomaterial perspective, we suggest Latour's (2005) Actor Network Theory (ANT) as a promising analytical lens. More particularly, ANT proposes the relationship in human-material interactions can be conceptualized as symmetrical, where the material is viewed as possessing an equivalent degree of agency. Building on this proposal we suggest network relations can be analyzed considering five material actors: (1) personal computing devices (e.g., bring-your-own-device); (2) furniture; (3) media displays; (4) Internet search engines; and (5) digital, cloud-based environments (e.g., Google Docs, online courses, etc.).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2016
Subtitle of host publicationTransforming Learning, Empowering Learners, Proceedings
EditorsChee-Kit Looi, Joseph L. Polman, Peter Reimann, Ulrike Cress
PublisherInternational Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Pages1205-1206
Number of pages2
Volume2
ISBN (Electronic)9780990355083
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2016
Event12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: Transforming Learning, Empowering Learners, ICLS 2016 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: Jun 20 2016Jun 24 2016

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Other12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: Transforming Learning, Empowering Learners, ICLS 2016
CountrySingapore
CitySingapore
Period6/20/166/24/16

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Education

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Tietjen, P., McDonald, S., & Rook, M. M. (2016). Theorizing learning spaces: A sociomaterial approach. In C-K. Looi, J. L. Polman, P. Reimann, & U. Cress (Eds.), 12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2016: Transforming Learning, Empowering Learners, Proceedings (Vol. 2, pp. 1205-1206). International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS).