Through presentation of a personal account of the emergence of Education Network Australia (EdNA) in 1995 through to its eventual demise some 15 years later this article uses narrative inquiry to reflect upon a number of critical issues regarding the sustainability of learning communities and of the digital infrastructure that is developed to support them. ‘Digital amnesia’ is introduced as a construct to describe practices that ultimately led to the disappearance of digital content and services associated with Internet domains associated with EdNA – and hence the learning community associated with it. EdNA’s demise is described as in terms of squandering social and community capital. The formation of a new entity and services intended to fill the service vacuum has shown little evidence of a sustainable approach or an understanding of the affordances of digital technology, particularly with regards to information stewardship. A number of lingering questions are teased out from the narrative and together represent a challenge for further inquiry.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Learning Communities: International Journal of Learning in Social contexts|
|Issue number||Special Issue: Narrative Inquiry|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|
Mason, J. C. (2015). Digital Amnesia and the Demise of a Learning Community. Learning Communities: International Journal of Learning in Social contexts, 18(Special Issue: Narrative Inquiry), 30-39. https://doi.org/10.18793/LCJ2015.18.04