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The biannual Networked Learning Conference took place this year in Zagreb. NLC is a small but very high quality conference where the emphasis in not on technical issues but on critical perspectives and theorisation of the role of technologies in learning. This year there seemed to be particular emphasis ‘on the political’, broadly defined, with papers discussing the ways in which technology trends like big data and learning analytics aligned with surveillance and control, and how educators might respond to and resist this. My colleague Fran Tracy and I presented a paper on Student Inquiry, Networks of Knowledge and Linked Data which discussed how our experience of developing semantic web applications, and how critical digital literacies might underpin broader politicised inquiry.
The picture is of the Church of St Mark in Zagreb, with its rather splendid tiled roof.