Micro-credentialing as making and doing STS

LCJ 26 cover

Michaela Spencer

LCJ: Special Issue:

Collaborative knowledge work in northern Australia, 26, pp. 64-71

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Spencer, M. (2020). Micro-credentialing as making and doing STS. Learning Communities: International Journal of Learning in Social Contexts [Special Issue: Collaborative knowledge work in northern Australia], 26, 64-71. https://doi.org/10.18793/lcj2020.26.10



In this paper I tell stories of collaborative design work, developing research micro-credentials suitable for Indigenous community-based researchers working in their home communities in North East Arnhem Land, Australia. These credentials are coming to life within growing micro-entrepreneurial economies that are beginning to take root within Aboriginal communities in northern Australia. While there is significant critique of these forms of economy and the socio-technical infrastructures through which they extend, here I set my inquiry down amidst the mundane practices of community research services design, and particular moments or ‘turning points’ in the emerging life of these technologies. I inquire into the arrangements and practices of these initial design activities, proposing such work as ‘making and doing STS’ and reflecting on this form of STS empirics.


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