Prof. dr. Alan J. Daly zal een keynote verzorgen tijdens de ORD 2017.
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The Impact of the “Social” in Social Media Space: A Social Network Perspective on Education Policy
We are social, meaning making creatures and have been since the dawn of time. In fact, our survival and evolution was based squarely on the idea that we looked out for one another and worked together to shelter ourselves, hunt for food, and raise families. While we did so in a decidedly off line world back in the day, our lives today are no less social, but certainly now have an increasing virtual presence. In fact, IBM estimates that globally we create 2,500,000,000,000,000,000 bytes of information EACH day, about 90% of which is unstructured, meaning a collection of pictures, tweets, videos of cats, etc.. This has led some to argue that the enormous amount of information available creates an unprecedented paradox of not being more informed, but perhaps less. Policy, particularly in education, around the globe is now being argued, adjudicated, and in some cases created in this new social media space.
In this complex and evolving policy context how do educational researchers, practitioners, and policy makers who are committed in improving educational systems parse and make sense of this flow and the meaning-making that takes place within this growing social media space—it is this question that impacts us all and animates this talk.
Social media are online technology platforms focusing on synchronous and asynchronous human interactions with a local and global reach unprecedented in human history. The Internet and its architecture have enabled the development and use of these platforms, which are designed to support social interactions and give rise to a complex interplay between communication, social practices, and technology infrastructure, challenging existing “traditional” sources of information. Social media are adding a new ingredient and level of impact onto the political and policymaking process that is still in its infancy in terms of research and relevance to educational practice and policy.
In this talk I will privilege the social side of social media in an effort to analyze, visualize, and make sense of the often hidden world of online interactions around educational policy. By using a recently completed longitudinal study I will offer insights into the what, who, how, and impact of interactions between and among “socially influential” actors over time in this new social media/educational policy space. The talk will highlight some of our findings around how educational policy is being transformed by social media and how a set of sophisticated actors are leveraging this new medium to influence the larger policy discourse in some not so obvious ways. Finally, I will argue that those practitioners and policy makers who are more fluent in “network literacy” will be able to engage and counter the misinformation that seems to be running rampant.