Networked Learning in 2021: A Community Definition

Networked Learning Editorial Collective (NLEC), Lesley Gourlay, José Luis Rodríguez-Illera, Elena Barberá, Magda Pischetola

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In the 1990s, networked learning (NL) emerged as a critical response to dominant discourses of the day. NL went against the grain in two main ways. First, it embarked on developing nuanced understandings of relationships between humans and technologies; understandings which reach beyond instrumentalism and various forms of determinism. Second, NL embraced the emancipatory agenda of the critical pedagogy movement and has, in various ways, politically committed to social justice
With 40 contributors coming from six continents and working across many fields of education, the paper reflects the breadth and depth of current understandings of NL.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPostdigital Science and Education
Pages (from-to)326
Number of pages369
Publication statusPublished - 2021


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