"In fact, the way forward to more commonality, sharing, collaboration, and accumulated knowledge is not, I believe, through reading and citing of more formal literature, but rather through being more overt with each other in DMAL about our assumptions, influences, and approaches."
~James Paul Gee~
A Digital Media and Learning (DMAL) Workgroup meet for their first session on Thursday, September 9, 2010 at the The Institute for Learning & Teaching (TILT) on Colorado State University's campus. I was asked to join the group based on my interest and work with teaching with digital technology, by way of multimodal pedagogy, and new literacies.
A little bit about me, for introduction's sake, I am an instructor of College Composition and a full time graduate student working toward a Master of Arts degree in English Education at CSU in Fort Collins. I aspire to teach secondary English and use digital technology, multimodal pedagogy, and new literacies in every way imaginable.
I've been involved with service learning projects, such as "Saving Our Stories," where underprivileged populations have been afforded the use of MacBooks and iPods to create podcasts relevant to their culture. It has been exciting, engaging, and, most importantly, educational! Also, I continue to research new ways of using digital technology to teach writing and the below YouTube video demonstrates a digital storytelling activity that was conducted in less than an hour (See below or click here).
(Many of us in the HASTAC community I would assume already advocate for daily new literacies classroom instruction, but I will reiterate the point that digital storytelling does not have to be a final project. Digital storytelling can be done as a daily lesson or an overnight homework assignment.)
But enough about me, for now, and more about the CSU DMAL Workgroup:
A preliminary question the CSU DMAL Workgroup asked at our first meeting was, "What does DMAL mean for us as teachers and educators globally and to learning?"
It's an important question, one which I'm sure we'll have many conversations about and invite all of you to help us answer.
What does DMAL mean to CSU? We'll work on answering that, but what does DMAL mean to you, to your university, to your research, to perhaps your teaching? What does it mean to the greater global community?
Please, dear HASTAC scholars and e-readers, help us answer these questions!
Many concerns were raised involving various tensions that occur with research and teaching at universities across the board. Perhaps this blog will create a space to talk about these issues or other related issues. One concern was raised at the meeting about effective instruction and how using digital technology can be effectively melded with technique (in a context of distance learning). Other concerns were raised that will be further explained, I'm sure, in later posts.
I am excited to be plugged into the CSU DMAL Workgroup and will be reporting our conversations to you all here. In the meantime, please don't hesitate to offer thoughts, experience, and successful strategies related to DMAL.
A digital storytelling sample, featuring Marianne Thomas, Rudy Bryan, and
Adam Mackie, was created in less than an hour at a Troy Hicks CSU Writing
Project workshop in the summer of 2010 at CSU.