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Chapter 25: Researching in Digital Environments
Researching in Digital Environments
The variety and availability of networked devices such as tablets, mobile phones, and laptops, and the proliferation of online environments such as social networking sites, and computer gaming worlds are reconfiguring learning and education. As Haythornthwaite suggests, new technologies are ‘rewriting communication networks, creating new spaces and relationships, restructuring knowledge networks, challenging identities, and changing the location, evaluation, and accessibility of information resources and people’ (Haythornthwaite, 2015, p. 292). Given this context, it is important to conceptualise and research the digital aspects of learning and education. Indeed, the proliferation of the digital into all aspects of education and social life means that investigating the role of new technologies becomes a concern ...