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Students as co-creators of media ecologies


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Talk held at the Danish University Pedagogical Network Conference (DUNK17) May 2017, with Andres Hjortskov Larsen

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Students as co-creators of media ecologies

  1. 1. Students as co-creators of media ecologies Center for Teaching Development and Digital Media CUDiM
  2. 2. Anders Hjortskov & Tom Gislev Anders Hjortskov Larsen Udviklingskonsulent Tom Gislev Videnskabelig assistent Center for Teaching Development and Digital Media CUDiM Aarhus Universitet
  3. 3. Agenda New habits and media environments - A digital divide? Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) PLEs and LMS - differences and similarities Media Ecologies - another perspective Discussion
  4. 4. A New Digital Divide? A new digital divide between different media cultures (Buckingham 2007) A gab between formal learning contexts and informal communicational activities (Ito et al. 2013) Everyday informal learning is disconnected from the formal learning in our educational institutions (Attwell, 2007)
  5. 5. Personal Learning Environments “A PLE is comprised of all the different tools we use in our everyday life for learning” - Attwell 2007
  6. 6. Personal Learning Environments A PLE might contain both informal and formal elements PLE stems from the idea of lifelong learning and recognises that learning is continuing and seeks to provide tools to support that learning. A PLE is not an application, but an aggregation of different tools and services A PLE often contains social software; software that enable people to rendezvous, connect and collaborate through the Internet. - Attwell 2007
  7. 7. Example of a student PLE
  8. 8. ...another example of a student PLE
  9. 9. ...a third example of a Ph.D. PLE
  10. 10. LMS and PLEs The Learning Management System (LMS) is one element of the students PLE! Course LMS formal PLE (mostly) informal
  11. 11. Distributed learning environments ● Different digital media services create different communicational spaces (Finnemann 1999) ● Interactions across digital media as “Distributed communities” (Baym 2010) ● A range of components including LMS: Distributed learning environments (Sclater 2008)
  12. 12. Media Ecologies LMS as a part of the collected media ecology PLEs as inspiration and understanding of the student’s point of view Media ecology as a concept to discuss teaching with digital media
  13. 13. Media Ecologies as a design tool Is a permeable cloud of interconnected media, tools and services being used in a certain (educational) context Students bring in new media, tools and services to the design Students might discard parts of the ecology as well Is a "tool to think with” in participatory educational design processes Students (stakeholders) participate in the design process Design after design - Ehn, 1993; Bannon & Ehn, 2013
  14. 14. Digital Media: Didactical Considerations Connecting formal and informal discussions Weekly assignments Physical presentations and video presentations Text feedback open to all students
  15. 15. Ecology: Digital Media Informal Formal
  16. 16. Digital Learning Contexts: Didactical Considerations External participants as part of a master course A common “hub” that: must support embedding of a plethora of digital tools and services must support open access to assignments and course content Openness: Everyone must be able to comment and be part of the discourse
  17. 17. Ecology: Digital Learning Contexts itdd16 DL Platform #dlooc DL itdd16 External participants Enrolled students
  18. 18. Ecology: Digital Learning Contexts DL
  19. 19. Information Studies: Didactical Considerations External companies and organisations as actors in the student projects Feedback and discussions across different boundaries Students communicating on different social media services
  20. 20. Undergraduate Graduate Ecology: Two Courses Working Together External companies & organisations
  21. 21. Recapitulation Visualization of the students own PLE - a way to create awareness of the students’ informal learning activities Working with a plethora of digital media for student discussions, creation, visibility etc. - a way to support (extra curricular) digital literacies Media ecologies as a perspective that enables the students to participate in the educational design process
  22. 22. Discussion How does the teacher respond to and use the collected media ecology of the students? What is the role of the LMS in the media ecology? How do the teacher create communicational spaces that can accommodate the didactical considerations?