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Evolving Knowledge Infrastructures in Education: Engaging Diversity, Illuminating Inequities, and Imagining Possible Futures

Fri, April 13, 4:05 to 6:05pm, New York Hilton Midtown, Second Floor, Sutton North

Session Type: Invited Speaker Session


There is a growing call in Information Sciences for “knowledge infrastructures” (KIs) to debalkanize scholarship, support inter-professional learning, enable distributed collaboration, and capitalize on economies of scope and scale. While infrastructures abound in education—from common standards to technology-enhanced learning environments--comparative critical questions about alternatives and their consequences are rare. A recent multi-disciplinary KI conference asked: (1) How are KIs changing? (2) How do KIs reinforce or redistribute authority, influence, and power? (3) How can we best study, know, and imagine today’s (and tomorrow’s) KIs? [] Panelists will address these questions within the contexts of their own work in education, critiquing existing KIs and imagining alternatives, to advance collective knowledge and capacity for action in complex educational systems.

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