Cyborgs’ collaborative writing in Virtual Learning Environments

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In this article, collaborative writing in Virtual Learning Environments is studiedthrough the cyborg metaphor. The cyborg is a hybrid, it is not online or offline,it is not human or machine, it is a mixture or a fragment. Technologies are seenas our partners and we are as much formed by them as they are by us. The cyborgmetaphor is examined through interviews with thirteen Finnish upper secondaryschool students. Digital spaces and collaborative writing enhance and disruptwhat students do and how they interact while embedded in complex materialworlds. Online collaborative writing can dissolve and establish boundariesempowering students to write better texts or restraining student agency. It isunderstood as weaving a digital tapestry of new coding practices while living onthe edge of an information explosion where information and identities are fluid.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGenom texter och världar
Subtitle of host publicationSvenska och litteratur med didaktisk inriktning – festskrift till Ria Heilä-Ylikallio
EditorsHeidi Höglund, Sofia Jusslin, Matilda Ståhl, Anders Westerlund
PublisherÅbo Akademi University Press
ISBN (Electronic)978-951-765-927-7
ISBN (Print)978-951-765-926-0
Publication statusPublished - 2019
MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book


  • Cyborg
  • Technoculture
  • Virtual Learning Environments


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