Collaborative writing in the social media classroom.  Dr. Leif Gustavson, Arcadia University Vanessa Scanfeld, MixedInk DO...
Collaborative Writing Experiment
Remixing is Everywhere <ul><li>Audre Lorde, Poet </li></ul>There are no new ideas. There are only new ways of making them ...
Exhibit 1: George Harrison <ul><li>My Sweet Lord (1969) </li></ul><ul><li>He’s So Fine, The Chiffons (1962) </li></ul>
Exhibit 2: The Two Lolitas <ul><li>Heinz von Lichberg (1916) </li></ul><ul><li>Vladimir Nabokov (1955) </li></ul>
Exhibit 3: Shakespeare <ul><li>Ovid’s Pyramis & Thisbe </li></ul><ul><li>Romeo & Juliet, West Side Story </li></ul>
 
Free Culture: Jay Z Black Album <ul><li>&quot;A lot of people just assume I took some Beatles and, you know, threw some Ja...
Zittrain on Grey Tuesday <ul><li>“ As a matter of pure legal doctrine, the Grey Tuesday protest is breaking the law, end o...
Free Culture: The Promiscuous Materials Project  <ul><li>Jonathan Lethem (Motherless Brooklyn) released stories for others...
What is MixedInk? <ul><ul><li>A collaborative writing tool that allows students to weave their ideas & language into a sin...
Students  Remixing <ul><li>2005 Pew study:  </li></ul><ul><li>“ One in four teens remix content they find online into thei...
In my classroom…  <ul><li>Why is it important for students and teachers alike to leave poems unedited as first drafts? How...
What are students saying? MixedInk introduces a new dimension to collaborative writing, and that is the ability to mold ot...
Today’s English Classroom  <ul><li>Myth of the good writer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Myth of writing as competition </li></ul>...
Some differences…  <ul><li>(Over)emphasize autonomy </li></ul><ul><li>Individual assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Rigid rules,...
What this means…  <ul><li>Schools “sacrifice the opportunity to help youth think more deeply about the ethical and legal i...
<ul><li>How could you remix? </li></ul><ul><li>Have you remixed? How did it go? </li></ul><ul><li>Other questions? </li></...
<ul><li>Plagiarism: How do you draw the line? </li></ul><ul><li>Legal guidelines? </li></ul><ul><li>Know it when you see i...
<ul><li>Dr. Leif Gustavson Professor, Arcadia University gustavsl@arcadia.edu  </li></ul><ul><li>Vanessa Scanfeld Founder,...
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Remixing is as old as art itself. As digital technologies expedite the transition from passive consumers of text to an engaged, read/write culture, we explore the pedagogical benefits of the remix in relation to writing and tackle the thorny issues of plagiarism and illegal appropriation.

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The Art of the Remix: Collaborative Writing in the Social Media Classroom

  1. 1. Collaborative writing in the social media classroom. Dr. Leif Gustavson, Arcadia University Vanessa Scanfeld, MixedInk DON’T JUST WRITE… REMIX!
  2. 2. Collaborative Writing Experiment
  3. 3. Remixing is Everywhere <ul><li>Audre Lorde, Poet </li></ul>There are no new ideas. There are only new ways of making them felt. Art does not emerge whole cloth from individual imaginations. Rather, it emerges through the artist’s engagement with previous cultural materials. MIT/MacArthur New Media Literacies White Paper It was interesting to be influenced by your classmates’ thoughts & ideas & find yourself creating new meaning through the mixing of everyone’s words. Leif’s student
  4. 4. Exhibit 1: George Harrison <ul><li>My Sweet Lord (1969) </li></ul><ul><li>He’s So Fine, The Chiffons (1962) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Exhibit 2: The Two Lolitas <ul><li>Heinz von Lichberg (1916) </li></ul><ul><li>Vladimir Nabokov (1955) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Exhibit 3: Shakespeare <ul><li>Ovid’s Pyramis & Thisbe </li></ul><ul><li>Romeo & Juliet, West Side Story </li></ul>
  7. 8. Free Culture: Jay Z Black Album <ul><li>&quot;A lot of people just assume I took some Beatles and, you know, threw some Jay-Z on top of it or mixed it up or looped it around, but it's really a deconstruction. It's not an easy thing to do… I stuck to those two because I thought it would be… more of a statement to what you could do with sample alone. It is an art form. It is music.” – Danger Mouse </li></ul>
  8. 9. Zittrain on Grey Tuesday <ul><li>“ As a matter of pure legal doctrine, the Grey Tuesday protest is breaking the law, end of story. But copyright law was written with a particular form of industry in mind. The flourishing of information technology gives amateurs and home recording artists powerful tools to build and share interesting, transformative, and socially valuable art drawn from pieces of popular cultures. There's no place to plug such an important cultural sea change into the current legal regime.&quot; </li></ul>
  9. 10. Free Culture: The Promiscuous Materials Project <ul><li>Jonathan Lethem (Motherless Brooklyn) released stories for others to adapt. </li></ul>I like that art comes from other art, and I like seeing my stories adapted into other forms. My writing has always been strongly sourced in other voices, and I’m a fan of adaptations, appropriations, collage, and sampling.
  10. 11. What is MixedInk? <ul><ul><li>A collaborative writing tool that allows students to weave their ideas & language into a single, cohesive essay. </li></ul></ul>
  11. 12. Students Remixing <ul><li>2005 Pew study: </li></ul><ul><li>“ One in four teens remix content they find online into their own artistic creations.” </li></ul>http://pewresearch.org/pubs/670/teen-content-creators
  12. 13. In my classroom… <ul><li>Why is it important for students and teachers alike to leave poems unedited as first drafts? How does this move help students develop their writing skills over time? </li></ul>
  13. 14. What are students saying? MixedInk introduces a new dimension to collaborative writing, and that is the ability to mold other writing into a new piece. I was able to have those &quot;ah-ha&quot; moments because someone else's thoughts triggered me to think about something in a different light… MixedInk allowed me to create a whole new response in which I fused together my thoughts and the thoughts of my classmates… In the end, you have this amazing explosion of thoughts and ideas that belong to a group of people.
  14. 15. Today’s English Classroom <ul><li>Myth of the good writer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Myth of writing as competition </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Myth of the tortured, lone writer </li></ul>… it also goes beyond a particular relationship or duet and becomes what William Burroughs called “the third mind.” Something new, or “other,” emerges from the combination that would not have come about with a solo act. -Anne Waldman
  15. 16. Some differences… <ul><li>(Over)emphasize autonomy </li></ul><ul><li>Individual assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Rigid rules, absolutes </li></ul><ul><li>Templates </li></ul><ul><li>Regurgitation </li></ul><ul><li>Tames subversion </li></ul><ul><li>Lacks synergy inside & outside classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Value collaboration, drawing on different expertise </li></ul><ul><li>Team assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Creative problem solving </li></ul><ul><li>Risk taking </li></ul><ul><li>Innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Schools </li></ul><ul><li>“ Real World” </li></ul>
  16. 17. What this means… <ul><li>Schools “sacrifice the opportunity to help youth think more deeply about the ethical and legal implications of repurposing media content, and they often fail to provide the conceptual tools students need to analyze and interpret works produced in this appropriative process.”* </li></ul>*MIT New Media Literacies White Paper
  17. 18. <ul><li>How could you remix? </li></ul><ul><li>Have you remixed? How did it go? </li></ul><ul><li>Other questions? </li></ul>How can appropriation inform your pedagogy?
  18. 19. <ul><li>Plagiarism: How do you draw the line? </li></ul><ul><li>Legal guidelines? </li></ul><ul><li>Know it when you see it? </li></ul><ul><li>Sufficiently different end product? </li></ul><ul><li>Revolutionary end product? </li></ul><ul><li>What is appropriate attribution in different circumstances? </li></ul>Tensions & Frictions
  19. 20. <ul><li>Dr. Leif Gustavson Professor, Arcadia University gustavsl@arcadia.edu </li></ul><ul><li>Vanessa Scanfeld Founder, MixedInk [email_address] @mixedink @vanessascanfeld </li></ul>Contact us!

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