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Professor David Theo Goldberg

Professor David Theo Goldberg 

Director of the University of California Humanities Research Institute

Networking Knowledge: Globalizing Connected Learning

In this talk I reflect on the recent shifts — conceptual and contextual, technological and pragmatic — from a more traditional conception of “analogic knowledge-making” and learning to a conception of knowledge made and learned in and though technologically prompted, facilitated, and mediated networking.These shifts pressure how we think of knowledge and its learning less as given in longstanding, if not eternal truths “discovered” in and represented by its guardians in the global north and to be conveyed by experts to largely passive learners. Rather, knowledge is now conceived as shaped relationally, interactively, and collaboratively as a result of challenges commonly though not universally faced. These challenges increasingly emerge and are shaped by living in critical conditions and the workarounds conjured as a response. Teachers are no longer hierarchically positioned as exclusive experts but as curators of learning experiences connecting learners  together interactively across, space, time, scales and domains. I will map out conceptions of networking knowledge and connected learning  as ways to understand these shifts and the profound implications  with which they face us today.

David Theo Goldberg is the Director of the systemwide University of California Humanities Research Institute and Executive Director of the MacArthur-UCI Research Hub in Digital Media and Learning.  The latter is the international center coordinating all research for the MacArthur Foundation initiative in connected learning. He is a Professor in Comparative Literature, in Anthropology, and in Criminology, Law and Society at UC Irvine. He has written extensively on digital media’s impact on higher education, on race and racism,  law and society, and on critical theory.