With the boundaries of place softened and extended by digital communications technologies, learning in a networked society necessitates new distributions of activity across time, space, media, and people; and this development is no longer exclusive to formally designated spaces such as school classrooms, lecture halls, or research laboratories. Place-based Spaces for Networked Learning explores how qualities of physical places make both formal and informal education in a networked society possible. Through a series of investigations and case studies, it illuminates the structural composition and functioning of complex learning environments.

This book offers a wealth of key design elements and attributes for productive learning that educational designers can reuse in multiple contexts. The chapters examine how places are modified, expanded, or supplemented by networking technologies and practices in order to create spaces in which learners can collaboratively develop new understandings, connections, and capabilities. Utilizing a range of diverse but complementary perspectives from anthropology, archaeology, architecture, geography, psychology, sociology, and urban studies, Place-based Spaces for Networked Learning addresses how material places and digital spaces are understood; how sense can be made of new assemblages and configurations of tasks, tools, and people; how the real-time analysis of new flows of data can inform and entertain users of a space; and how access to the digital realm changes our experiences with both places and other people.

chapter 3|16 pages

Educational Design and Birds on Trees

chapter 5|14 pages

Finding The Spaces In-Between

Learning as a Social Material Practice

chapter 6|14 pages

Students' Physical and Digital Sites of Study

Making, Marking, and Breaking Boundaries

chapter 8|11 pages

Is there anybody out there? Place-Based Networks for Learning

NetMap—a Tool for Accessing Hidden Informal Learning Networks

chapter 9|20 pages

Networked Places as Communicative Resources

A Social-Semiotic Analysis of a Redesigned University Library

chapter 10|13 pages

Building Bridges

Design, Emotion, and Museum Learning

chapter 11|16 pages

The O in Mona

Reshaping Museum Spaces

chapter 13|14 pages

Citizen Cartographer

chapter 14|16 pages

Designing Hubs for Connected Learning

Social, Spatial, and Technological Insights from Coworking Spaces, Hackerspaces, and Meetup Groups

chapter 15|18 pages

Spaces Enabling Change

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