Virtual Short Cuts: Actor-Network Theory, Production Pedagogies, New Media
Abstract: Taking our cue from actor-network theorists, this paper considers the technologically-mediated networks in which learning actors are situated, acted upon, and acting within, and traces the novel positions of creative capacity and participation that emerging media may enable. Whereas traditional theories of educational technology tend to focus on the harmonization of new technologies with extant curricular goals and educational practices, this article examines novel forms of technologically-mediated learning experience – in particular production pedagogies that support learning through forms of situated ‘role-play’ in the virtual. Using actor-network theory to re-think educational role-relations, we hope to make visible novel techniques and opportunities that emerging media may offer educational research.
Presider: Emmanuel Duplàa, Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa