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Countdown to the DML Competition Winners' Showcase: Day 44 Designing with Community

Three DML Competition winners from past years: Participatory Chinatown (Eric Gordon), HyperCities (Reanne Estrada and Mike Blockstein from Public Matters), and VozMob (Amanda Garces), will be presenting on a panel together at the Designing Learning Futures DML Conference on March 5, 2011. Here's a quick preview:

Designing With Community

What does it take to design and sustain effective digital media and learning projects for and with communities? This panel brings together three projects that use appropriate digital media in novel ways to empower and engage their communities. Panelists may include representatives from Participatory Chinatown (Eric Gordon, Janelle Chan), Mobile Voices (Amanda Garces), and Hypercities/Public Matters (Reanne Estrada, Mike Blockstein), who will reflect on the challenges and social impact opportunities of designing digital media and learning programs for and with communities. 

One of the visible features of community-based digital media and learning projects are the partnerships involved in forming them: Hypercities, Public Matters, REMAP, and the Pilipino Workers' Center created PDUB's Mobile Hi Fi  tours of Historic Filipinotown in Los Angeles; the Asian Community Development Corporation, Emerson College, Muzzy Lane, and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council developed Participatory Chinatown for Boston's Chinatown residents. Mobile Voices, a community-university partnership between IDEPSCA,(Institute of Popular Education of Southern California) and University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, created a platform for day laborers to tell multimedia stories with their cell phones.

Panelists will focus on four key topics: first, the role of user-driven design when working with marginalized voices; second, active (and inactive) stakeholder participation and managing expectations; third, crucial tools and technologies of collaboration -- how do stakeholders navigate different levels of digital literacy and other power differentials; and fourth, in what ways do these projects define success, whether that includes selection of appropriate technology or well-functioning operation strategies or gauging community engagement or assessing social impact.


Countdown to the 2010 DML Competition Showcase features Where Are They Now? updates on the 2008, 2009, and 2010 winners. The 2010 DML Competition winners will showcase their projects at the Designing Learning Futures DML Conference on March 4, 2011 in Long Beach, California.

Visit our DML Countdown page to view more updates from featured projects.


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