Designing for the materialization of networked learning spaces

Magda Pischetola, Mette Wichmand, Rasmus Hall, Lone Dirckinck-Holmfeld

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The potential of a Networked Learning (NL) space comes into being when participants establish communication, build connections among each other, and create a dialogic space. Moving from this premise, this article poses a complex question: How to design for the materialization of a NL space? It bases its theoretical framework on Bakhtin’s idea of centrifugal and centripetal forces, the concepts of network core and periphery, as well as the idea of the strength of weak ties. Through these lenses, the article presents a cross-case analysis of two projects aiming at technology education in Denmark. Forces, connections, and movements are exposed and analyzed, showing the importance of unstructured communication processes that nurture a networked community. These results lead to new speculations for future educational design of NL spaces.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings for the Thirteenth International Conference on Networked Learning 2022
Publication date2022
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Networked learning
  • Centrifugal and centripetal forces
  • Core and periphery
  • Connections
  • dialogue


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