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Digital Disruption Discourse - Are you ready to shift practice?
Current online information environments and associated transactions are considered an important ‘information ecosystem’ influencing and shaping professional engagement and digital scholarship in communities of learning in higher education. As McLuhan (1964) first argued, technologies also influence and define usage - resulting now in pedagogical approaches instantiated in the learning and instructional designs adopted for online learning environments. However, more than simple knowledge of technology is required to produce transformative technology integration for good teaching and pedagogically innovative learning – a fact further confounded by individual and contextual factors related to learning technology use within an academic context. Creating the right blend of resources and methods for an engaging learning environment requires diverse skills and personal practices, and such capacities take time to develop and need refreshing as technologies (and student expectations) evolve. Academics (as teachers) need to support and nurture learners to learn within connected and collaborative learning environments, and need to lead purposeful and corrective discourse in relation to multiple information environments as part of the construction of meaning and understanding. Whichever way we look at it, working with technology is now an integral component of academic life, encompassing information and connectivity, providing essential components of access to scholarly resources, digital content, communication platforms, and new social, legal and technical frameworks of practice - leading to new forms of scholarship and learning actualized and embedded in the academic workplace. By leveraging technology, we have an opportunity to open new doors to scholarly inquiry for ourselves and our students. Let’s engage in some digital disruption discourse, and see where the conversation takes us!