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Diversifying Participation

On a flight home from iConference 2010 in Urbana, Illinois, I picked up Jonah Lehrer's How We Decide, which turns out to be an important reading choice in advance of attending the Digital Media and Learning Conference: Diversifying Participation. How to decide which sessions to attend? This is the first conference of its kind, and the schedule is packed with some of the most cutting-edge and thoughtful research in digital media. Here are some highlights, only a handful of the 60 panel sessions taking place from Friday, Feb. 19 through Saturday, Feb. 20.:

  • Nerdfighters, little sisters, future souls and other diverse ecologies of virtual participation and learning (any session with the word nerd in it has to be great)
  • Meeting of minds: Cross-generational dialogue on the ethics of digital life
  • Last bastions: The promise and problems of digital learning in higher education
  • Diversifying mobiles: Participatory learning (with Derek Lomas of and Jared Lamenzo of, both HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation Digital Media & Learning winners!)
  • Rules of engagement in participatory cultures: negotiating feedback, audiences and critique in online communities
  • Cross-cultural collaboration facilitated by digital creations
  • How race, ethinicity and class shape digital media practices and activism, Part 1 representations of race, ethinity and class and Part II the production and reproduction of race, ethnicity and class
  • Breaking boundaries with virtual worlds in a science classroom and a teen jail: Two case studies (with Amira Fouad of Global Kids/RezEd, another HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation Digital Media & Learning winner)
  • Orality, pedagogy, and new media: How children develop self-awareness and collective consciousness (with Antero Garcia and Greg Niemeyer of from the 2008 HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation Digital Media & Learning competition)
  • Youth, new media and public participation in international contexts (with Cara Willis, who is on the VozMob project, another Digital Media & Learning winner)
  • Fair use: perspective on copyright and fair use for digital learning (with Steve Andersen of CriticalCommons, a 2008 Digital Media & Learning winner)

I could go on -- it will be hard to choose and really, I could list the entire schedule (Barry Joseph and Rik Panganiban of Global Kids will also be there, in separate sessions). Fortunately, there will be plenty of tweets and blogs to help fill in the gaps. Haven't seen a hashtag for the conference yet, but @dmlcentral will probably announce something closer to the date. Participatory tools, particpatory culture, participatory conference -- makes it much easier to decide when everything is many-to-many.








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