Transliteracy, Creative Technologies, and Social Media
February 18th, 2008

For the past two years, I’ve been working with Sue Thomas and Andrew Hugill of the Institute of Creative Technologies at De Montfort University to explore the intersection of media, literacy, and pedagogy. Sue and others have been working on Transliteracy (The ability to read, write and interact across a range of platforms, tools and media from signing and orality through handwriting, print, TV, radio and film, to digital social networks). This morning, I met with a small group in Second Life to plan the next stage — the use of social media to teach social media. I’ve been developing curriculum at Stanford and UC Berkeley and later this week will have more to say about a social media classroom I’ve been working with smartmoblogger Sam Rose to develop — free and open source software that includes blogs, wikis, forums, chat, social bookmarking, microblogging, and video-sharing. We’re hoping to experiment at IOCT/DMU with teaching social media theory via an almost totally online environment, with only one or two face to face class meetings, and the rest held online. Stay tuned.

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