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 1|10 pages

Place, Space, and Networked Learning

ByLucila Carvalho, Peter Goodyear, Maarten de Laat

chapter 2|14 pages

Placing Focus in the Place-Based Spaces for Networked Learning

ByDavid Ashe, Nina Bonderup Dohn

chapter 3|16 pages

Educational Design and Birds on Trees

ByAna Pinto

chapter 5|14 pages

Finding The Spaces In-Between

Learning as a Social Material Practice
ByJos Boys

chapter 6|14 pages

Students' Physical and Digital Sites of Study

Making, Marking, and Breaking Boundaries
ByLesley Gourlay, Martin Oliver

chapter 7|13 pages

The Sonic Spaces of Online Distance Learners

ByMichael Sean Gallagher, James Lamb, Sian Bayne

chapter 8|11 pages

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

NetMap—a Tool for Accessing Hidden Informal Learning Networks
ByMaarten de Laat, Shane Dawson

chapter 9|20 pages

Networked Places as Communicative Resources

A Social-Semiotic Analysis of a Redesigned University Library
ByLouise J. Ravelli, Robert J. McMurtrie

chapter 10|13 pages

Building Bridges

Design, Emotion, and Museum Learning
ByMaree Stenglin

chapter 11|16 pages

The O in Mona

Reshaping Museum Spaces
ByLucila Carvalho

chapter 12|17 pages

Practicalities of developing and deploying a Handheld Multimedia Guide for Museum Visitors

ByNigel Linge, Kate Booth, David Parsons

chapter 13|14 pages

Citizen Cartographer

ByJuliet Sprake, Peter Rogers

chapter 14|16 pages

Designing Hubs for Connected Learning

Social, Spatial, and Technological Insights from Coworking Spaces, Hackerspaces, and Meetup Groups
ByMark Bilandzic, Marcus Foth

chapter 15|18 pages

Spaces Enabling Change

X-Lab and Science Education 2020
ByTina Hinton, Pippa Yeoman, Leslie Ashor, Philip Poronnik

chapter 16|17 pages

Translating Translational Research on Space Design from the Health Sector to Higher Education

Lessons Learnt and Challenges Revealed
ByRobert A. Ellis, Kenn Fisher

chapter 17|19 pages

Conclusion—Place-Based Spaces for Networked Learning

Emerging Themes and Issues
ByPeter Goodyear, Lucila Carvalho, Vivien Hodgson, Maarten de Laat