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The role of the network in becoming educated

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Venue: Birkbeck Main Building

Drawing on my research into motivations to engage online I will explore notions of education as a form of 'becoming'. Focusing on identity formation rather than knowledge acquisition provides an interesting perspective on the role of networked technology in learning. I will discuss my 'Visitors & Residents' method of mapping motivations to engage and the development of our (Digital) Creative Attributes Framework at the University of the Arts London. I will also explore our shifting relationship with what it means to be human in an age of algorithms.


David is Head of Digital Learning at the University of the Arts London, the largest creative arts university in Europe. He started out at the University of the West of England and the BBC followed by a stint at Oxford, so he has a good understanding of a range of education institutions. David explores the intersections between digital learning, creative practices and critical thinking.

He is best known for his Visitors and Residents idea which is used the worldwide to visualise and research digital engagement. He has also been involved in national and international studies exploring the use of digital in higher education. David is at home blogging, tweeting or creating videos – working in an open manner in online spaces. For David the digital is much more than a set of tools or a chaotic library, it’s a place where we can learn and live.

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