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Storming the Academy Tent

The HASTAC program at Mozillas Drumbeat Learning, Freedom and the Web Festival, Barcelona, Plaa ngels

Reforming/transforming/storming traditional higher education with lessons from the open web and open ed. Making higher education a platform for championing the open web. Thinking critically and creatively about the why as well as the how of Learning, Freedom, and the Open Web.

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Thursday, November 4

11:00-12:50
Storming the Cloud/Crowd
Activity Leader: Anne Balsamo, University of Southern California
An interactive, collaborative performance and tag cloud activity designed to explore the ethics of the crowd,
cross-disciplinary collaboration, and minority expression. 

14:00-15:50
Storming the Syllabus: 21st Century Literacies
Activity Leader: Cathy N. Davidson, Duke University
Deconstructing the assignment with peer-to-peer learning techniques and tactics.  How can we transform traditional syllabus-making through peer-to-peer interactive learning techniques and tools?

16:00-16:50
Storming the Syllabus: Introduction to Culture and Technology
Activity leader: Anne Balsamo, University of Southern California
This activity explores and performs the affordances of face-to-face learning in a large Introduction to Culture and Technology class. How can a large co-located class of 200+ people contribute to collaborative, participatory learning? This session also introduces an application-in-process called Learning to Love the Questions, a semantic web
application (a reverse oracle) that provides questions, not answers, about the cultural nature of technology.

17:00-17:50
Calm After the Storm: Yoga for Hacktivists
Activity Leader: Nancy Kimberly (HASTAC Project Manager and certified yoga instructor)
Bring comfortable clothes, a flexible spirit, an open mind, and a free heart.

Friday, November 5

11:00-11:50
Storming the Syllabus: Digital Tools and Social Practices
Activity Leader: Trebor Scholz, The New School
Building upon the Mindmeister platform, an annotated
collaborative concept map of tools, services, and social
practices (http://www.slideshare.net/trebor/learning-with-digital-tools-5385217), this workshop builds hierarchy-defying data visualizations, folksonomies, and other learning tools. 

12:00-12:50
Storming the Grade Book
Activity Leader: Cathy N. Davidson, Duke University
Inspired by the storm created by Cathy Davidsons blog post, How To Crowdsource Grading that was picked up everywhere from the New York Times to Digg (http://www.hastac.org/blogs/cathy-davidson/how-crowdsource-grading), this
collaborative session will build a wiki resource of peer-to-peer alternatives to traditional grading. 

14:00-15:50
Storming Publishing and Peer Review
Activity Leaders: Ken Wissoker (Duke University Press) and Whitney Trettien (Duke University)
In this session we will pool intellectual and technological
resources to build a toolkit of readymade plug-ins to help
scholars begin creating their own webtexts, and well
brainstorm tools to move the field forward. Well collaboratively write and peer review a creative webtext; share exciting new digital scholarship that utilizes the expressive power of the web; discuss possible models for CC licensed and open access
academic publishing; brainstorm the future of peer preview in the wake of the Shakespeare Quarterly/Media Commons
experiment; and explore how crowd sourcing and social media could shape academic publishing in ways beyond peer review. 

17:00-17:50
Calm After the Storm: Yoga for Hacktivists
Activity Leader: Nancy Kimberly (HASTAC Project Manager and certified yoga instructor)

Also featuring FutureClass

http://www.futureclass.co

Self-organizing and peer-led, FutureClass is what students can do when left to (build) their own devices.  

Wednesday, November 3

Science Fair
21:00-23:00
HASTAC and students in FutureClass at Duke (grad, undergrad, and recent alum, from all fields) will showcase activities that will continue in the Storming the Academy tent throughout the Festival: app demos and development opportunities, social network mapping, crowdsourced netiquette, an ethnographic performance piece, and badge concept-development exercises.

Thursday, November 4

11:00-12:50
Create and Join a Low-Tech Social Network
Draw a picture, take a photo, tag yourself, connect! This (inter)activity will help connect fellow Festival participants and visualize the strategies of digital collaboration.

14:00-15:50
A Penny for your Thoughts
A FutureClass student will begin interviewing Festival participants in the Storming the Academy tent and then will rove the Festival collecting your ideas, insights, impressions for an ethnographic performance project dramatizing the future of learning, freedom, and the web. You will be paid a U.S. penny for your thoughts.

16:00-16:50
Pay Attention!
A FutureClass student will demo his open source Classroom Attention Barometer, a web-based tool for gauging real-time student attention in large lecture classes, and then will lead a brainstorming session with potential partners interested in developing this tool for other purposes including micro-blogging and peer-peer backchatting.

Friday, November 5

11:00-11:50
BrainWriting
What important skills are never evaluated in traditional education?  BrainWriting is a series of activities designed to show what and how we can grade collaboration, improvisation, vision, implementation, beating the drum, getting the job done, and other 21st century skills.

12:00-12:50
Badge Building
Vote, design, tag, mod, mashup, and remix together to prototype playful badges that transform traditional grading and
assessment.

14:00-15:50
Come play!
Combinatorial text generators, vampire palimpsests, radial visualizations of William Blakes illustrations, interactive alphabets reimagining Mallarmes book to come, collaborative readings of films--on display will be variety of digital webtexts created by scholars all over the world. Plus: FutureClass presentation and mashup session of Drumbeat activities recorded and reflected on http://www.futureclass.co

Continue the conversation online!

 

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