Mapping Playgrids for Learning Across Space, Time, and Scale

Abstract

In this article, we analyze the production of learner-generated playgrids. Playgrids are produced when learners knit together social media tools to participate across settings and scales, accomplish their goals, pursue interests, and make their learning more enjoyable and personally meaningful. Through case study methodology we examine how two platforms - Slack and Hypothesis - enabled learners to curate and participate among their own digital resources and pathways for learning. We contend that both theoretical and pedagogical development is necessary to support adult learners as they curate tools and pathways based upon their contingent needs and goals, and that the concept of playgrids does so by usefully connecting less formal social media practice with more formal professional learning across various settings and scales. In the end, we demonstrate the importance of honoring learners’ desire to connect their completion of formal course activities with their less formal social media practices; both sets of practices need not be in conflict and may be complementary.

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Hollett, T., Kalir, J.H. Mapping Playgrids for Learning Across Space, Time, and Scale. TechTrends 61, 236–245 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11528-016-0138-0

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Keywords

  • Online learning
  • Play
  • Web annotation
  • Slack
  • Hypothesis
  • Digital media
  • Social media