Digital Literacy, Ownership, and Legitimacy: How Controversy about the National Museum of the American Indian is Informing the Design of the Augusta Community Portfolio

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  • 1. Digital Literacy, Ownership, and Legitimacy How Controversy about the National Museum of the American Indian is Informing the Design of the Augusta Community Portfolio Darren Cambridge Computers and Writing, West Lafayette, IN May 21, 2010
  • 2. Controlling Metaphor: Museum
  • 3. Controlling analogy: NMAI
  • 4. Goals of the Augusta Portfolio
    • Make visible to the world the impressive reading and writing of the people of Augusta
    • Spark conversations about Augusta’s heritage, achievements, and future
    • Provide an online place to conduct and share such conversations
    • Help people in Augusta develop 21 st century literacies
  • 5.  
  • 6. Analogous Tensions Heritage History Resilience Critical reflection Fidelity Accessibility Activity Persistence
  • 7. The Reviews Unscholarly! Random! Sales booths! Trade show! Responsibility!
  • 8. Heritage | History
    • History tells all who will listen what has happened and how things came to be as they are. Heritage passes on exclusive myths of origin and continuance, endowing a select group with prestige and common purpose.
    • --David Lowenthall
  • 9.  
  • 10. Contextualizing Failure in E-portfolios
    • We all fail sometimes. Even with carefully established goals and conscientiously executed work, we do not meet the goals because of any number of circumstances. Yet we set up systems that condemn students, faculty members, and institutions for not meeting goals. Portfolios can be part of such systems if we choose to include in them only those pieces of evidence that bear good news. … Although we know that learning can and often does occur at times of dissonance or moments of difficulty, we look there not for the learning but for the problems.
    • --Barbara Cambridge
  • 11. Resilience | Critical Reflection
    • “ Survivance” (Vizenor)
    • Gold, Guns, and God
    • Abstraction
    • “ Genocide”
    • Intentional and explicit government policy
    • Resistance
      • American Indian Movement
  • 12. Resilience | Critical Reflection
    • From 3 graduates going to college to 33 in two years
    • Rich narratives of identity and personal history
    • Globalization
    • Corporate welfare
    • Anti-labor policies
    • Legacy of segregation
  • 13. Fidelity | Accessibility
    • Indigenous ways of knowing
    • Active meaning makers not passive consumers
    • “ Spider web” narrative style (Silko)
    • Open spaces
    • Is this really an effective way to present Native American history and culture to a nation and world with a willed ignorance of this history of [genocide and colonialism]? Or a society that carries with them so many stereotypes about who we are as Indigenous people and to a nation that has defined itself by “playing Indian”?
    • --Lonetree
  • 14. Fidelity | Accessibility
    • E-portfolio genre conventions
    • Ownership
    • Heterogeneity and multivocality
    • Integration
    • Master narrative?
    • What is this thing, and what sense am I supposed to make of it?
  • 15.  
  • 16. Activity | Persistence
    • Interpreters
    • Demonstrations
    • Cultural events
    • Space as contact zone
    • The museum is the exhibits
    • Ephemeral
  • 17. Activity | Persistence
    • Community reflection events
    • Social software capabilities
      • Comments
      • [email_address]
      • Gallery on National Gallery of Writing
    • Ownership
    • Trust
    • Protopubic Spaces (Eberly)
    • Middle Spaces (Bass and Bernstein)
  • 18. Figuring E-portfolios
    • Metaphor
    • General
    • Similarity
    • Analogy
    • Specific
    • Similarity and difference
  • 19. augustaportfolio.com [email_address] ncepr.org/darren