This presentation is closely aligned to the conference theme of “Learning Spaces”, whereby the presentation explores the entanglements involved in enacting lecture capture practices across spatial dimensions. ANT contests that space can also be understood as an effect of relational activity that emerges from within diverse networks, involving heterogeneous “things” (or actors) – both human and non-human (Latour 2005). This presentation raises questions around how spatial categorisations are viewed and how teaching and learning are enacted within concepts of place and space (Murdoch 1998).
The presentation is informed by diverse data collected from a UK Russell Group university, using perspectives provided by multi-sited ethnography. Visualisation mapping (Decuypere and Simons 2014), using a visualisation mapping platform, was deployed to trace the relations and movements between technologies, people, artefacts and objects. Mapping offered opportunities for scrutinising how lecture capture practices are enacted and the contingent and active spaces produced. The data collected reveals how individualised study practices materialised within emergent connections, and partially through the ad-hoc use of available objects and artefacts, across various physical and virtual spaces.
The presentation introduces key concepts offered by ANT and argues that ANT provides a theoretical approach to analysing the messy complexities involved in education (Fenwick & Edwards 2010). ANT, if used pragmatically, can provide nuanced insights for educationists whereby successful learning design, including the development and deployment of learning technologies, should pursue ways of embracing this complexity (Johri 2011). Visualisation mapping may also provide perspectives into opportunities for imagining and enacting alternatives to teaching and learning. This opens up the opportunity to attend to debates concerning the material organisation of spaces, which can be an important focus for future research.
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Decuypere, M. and Simons, M. (2014). An atlas of academic practice in digital times. Open Review of Educational Research, 1(1), pp.116-143.
Fenwick, T. and Edwards, R. (2010). Actor-network theory in education. Oxon: Routledge.
Johri, A. (2011). The socio-materiality of learning practices and implications for the field of learning technology. Research in Learning Technology, (19)3 pp.207-217.
Latour, B. 2005. Reassembling the Social. An introduction to actor network theory. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
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