Week Ten: Participatory Culture

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What is Participatory Culture? How does it differ from consumer culture?

Our anchor reading this week is Henry Jenkins, et al., “Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century” (2006). You can download this white paper at https://www.macfound.org/media/article_pdfs/JENKINS_WHITE_PAPER.PDF 

MONDAY 3/27: Participatory Culture and Participatory Literacies
Read the Executive Summary (pp. 3-11) of “Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century.” Today and tomorrow, we’ll use Hypothes.is to annotate these pages. (Of course, feel free to annotate any other part of the document that you want, too.) Gold star for tweeting out annotations with #openlearning17 hashtag. TWO gold stars for mentioning Jenkins when you do: @henryjenkins.

Instructions for annotating PDFs offline via Hypothes.is: https://hypothes.is/blog/synchronizing-annotations-between-local-and-remote-pdfs/

More context: Jenkins’ blog post announcing the white paper: http://henryjenkins.org/2006/10/confronting_the_challenges_of.html

TUESDAY 3/28: Participatory Culture Skills
Look again at Jenkins’ 2006 list of media literacy skills (page four of the white paper at https://www.macfound.org/media/article_pdfs/JENKINS_WHITE_PAPER.PDF:

  • Play — the capacity to experiment with one’s surroundings as a form of problem-solving
  • Performance — the ability to adopt alternative identities for the purpose of improvisation and discovery
  • Simulation — the ability to interpret and construct dynamic models of real-world processes
  • Appropriation — the ability to meaningfully sample and remix media content
  • Multitasking — the ability to scan one’s environment and shift focus as needed to salient details.
  • Distributed Cognition — the ability to interact meaningfully with tools that expand mental capacities
  • Collective Intelligence — the ability to pool knowledge and compare notes with others toward a common goal
  • Judgment — the ability to evaluate the reliability and credibility of different information sources
  • Transmedia Navigation — the ability to follow the flow of stories and information across multiple modalities
  • Networking — the ability to search for, synthesize,and disseminate information
  • Negotiation — the ability to travel across diverse communities, discerning and respecting multiple perspectives, and grasping and following alternative norms

Again using Hypothes.is, annotate the above list by considering these questions (these are a guide, not an exhaustive set):

How does this list of skills look a decade later? Are some less relevant, or not relevant at all? Are some more relevant? Are some skills missing from the list? How would you characterize your own skills in these areas? How would you characterize the presence of these skills in a typical college course today in your discipline? In the general education curriculum at your school?

Gold stars again for tweeting out thoughts and mentioning @henryjenkins. Platinum stars for blogging your thoughts.

WEDNESDAY 3/29: These Are A Few Of Our Favorite (Participatory Culture) Things: Confessions of a Junior Aca-Fan.

Go on a field trip with Gardner Campbell as he explores some of his favorite participatory culture sites online. He’ll explore the 2002 and 2004 discoveries that kickstarted him into the world of Web 2.0, and from there move onto sites including Wikipedia, Flickr, YouTube, Tumblr, Reddit, An Archive of Our Own (AO3), podcasts, and others.

TWITTER CHAT at NOON EDT: Using the #openlearning17 hashtag, ask questions, share thoughts, and tweet out your own “favorite (participatory culture) things” with a thought about why you enjoy the site, what you learn from it, or anything else you’d like to share.

THURSDAY 3/30: Everything you always wanted to know about Kids These Days (but were afraid to ask) #kidsthesedays

Twitter: tweet out questions you’d like to ask our panelists tomorrow. If they don’t answer the questions, maybe someone else will. (Twitter is participatory culture, too.)

Read to prep for tomorrow: Seymour Papert, “Some Poetic and Social Criteria for Education Design.” Gold star for annotating this short essay using Hypothes.is.

FRIDAY 3/31: Student Panel Webcast, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. EDT

Meet Ambrose Humphrey and Gabby Leporati (undergraduates), Jamison Miller (graduate student), and Addy Tolliver (newly-minted Ed.D). They’ve agreed to share their own participatory culture experiences, fandoms, obsessions, and the like on a special YouTube Live webcast. Gardner Campbell will moderate the discussion and take your questions via Twitter. Webcast link TBA.

Concluding Participatory Culture TWITTER CHAT: Noon EDT.

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