Belonging Online: What We Lost When We Went Digital and How to Design It Back In
David White, University of the Arts, London, United Kingdom
Ask any student what they have been missing in their education during the pandemic and their answer will have a social, or ‘belonging’, dimension to it. This is because we successfully used digital platforms to ‘deliver the curriculum’ but struggled to create the sense of togetherness which occurs in physical rooms.
In this talk I will use the Digital Visitors and Residents idea to explore modes-of-presence and connection which are often missing in online education. I will argue that this ‘lack’ is more to do with our narrow conceptions of what-teaching-is than with what-the-technology-allows. I will go on to describe creative forms of teaching in digital contexts which facilitate the presence and belonging needed for understanding and confidence to flourish.
White, D. (2021). Belonging Online: What We Lost When We Went Digital and How to Design It Back In. Presented at EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology 2021.
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