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Digital Amnesia and the Demise of a Learning Community

Mason, Jon (2015). Digital Amnesia and the Demise of a Learning Community. Learning Communities: International Journal of Learning in Social contexts,18(Special Issue: Narrative Inquiry):30-39.

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Title Digital Amnesia and the Demise of a Learning Community
Author Mason, Jon
Journal Name Learning Communities: International Journal of Learning in Social contexts
Publication Date 2015
Volume Number 18
Issue Number Special Issue: Narrative Inquiry
ISSN 1329-1440   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 30
End Page 39
Total Pages 10
Place of Publication Darwin, NT, Australia
Publisher Social Partnerships in Learning Research Consortium - Learning Research Group, Charles Darwin University
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Through presentation of a personal account of the emergence of Education Network Australia (EdNA) in 1995 through to its eventual demise some 15 years later this article uses narrative inquiry to reflect upon a number of critical issues regarding the sustainability of learning communities and of the digital infrastructure that is developed to support them. ‘Digital amnesia’ is introduced as a construct to describe practices that ultimately led to the disappearance of digital content and services associated with Internet domains associated with EdNA – and hence the learning community associated with it. EdNA’s demise is described as in terms of squandering social and community capital. The formation of a new entity and services intended to fill the service vacuum has shown little evidence of a sustainable approach or an understanding of the affordances of digital technology, particularly with regards to information stewardship. A number of lingering questions are teased out from the narrative and together represent a challenge for further inquiry.
Keywords EdNA
Online community
Digitsl amnesia
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Additional Notes This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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