digital events studies: �from constructivism to connectivism

Hearn, Clare (2018) digital events studies: �from constructivism to connectivism. In: AEME conference 2018, 4th - 5th July 2018, Leeds. (Submitted)

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The presentation details the approaches of a new postgraduate distance learning programme, which includes exploration into the phenomenon of digital events. We explore the rise of online learning in event studies alongside the rise of digital events, mapping the evolving drive for co-creation in events practice with co-creation in participatory learning experiences, both facilitated through social media and activated through networked event co-design.

As Events Management and Critical Event Studies come of age, we find ourselves in a new era of critical discourse, in part defined by an expansion from established modes of thinking about events to a more nuanced understanding of them as social, cultural and political phenomena, planned and unplanned, physical and virtual. On the MA Creative Events Management at Falmouth University, our approach is underpinned by a reading of events as societal disruptions (Robinson 2012), which broadens our potential landscape for analysis and delivery (Lamond & Spracklen 2015, Pernecky 2016).

Social constructivism informs the instructional design of the programme, developed to feature collaborative elaboration through collectivism and connectivism, with focus placed on social aspects of online learning by engendering communication and cooperation in digital spaces.

The programme explores digital events from a range of critical and managerial perspectives, and students in online communities of practice define the parameters, nature and possibilities of, digital events. We suggest that this collective body of thought, arrived at through discussion and digital event design and delivery, exists as a repository of active research, contributing to the nascent literature addressing this newest of phenomena.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
Subjects: Education
Courses by Department: Business School > Business Entrepreneurship
Depositing User: Clare Hearn
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2019 13:04
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2022 16:26


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