Researching digital media and learner lives
Date / Time: 21 February 2013
Venue: Venue TC.2.27 (Meeting Room A&B), Faculty of Education, University of Waikato
Dr John Potter is a Senior Lecturer in Education and New Media at the London Knowledge Lab in the Department of Culture, Communication and Media at the Institute of Education, University of London.
This seminar, based on a series of case studies with younger learners, explores the arguments for shifting the focus of research into education and technology away from specific devices and artefacts and into an engagement with the lived culture and new literacy practices of the digital age. This shift is at least partly enabled by embracing recent attempts to reconceptualise “literacy” itself, so that it includes the many modes in which humans currently make and share meaning, expressing their cultural affiliations and aspects of their identity. John will draw on a set of research experiences, tracing the trajectory from a doctoral study of young children’s video-editing practices through to others which research both learner lives and the possible interrelationships between media production and educational experiences. There will be opportunities to look at research data, videos and other kinds of work by children and young people, particularly those in which children are agentive in cultural forms which are significant to them.
John Potter's research and publications are in the fields of digital video production by young learners (the focus of his doctoral research); the use of social software and online networks for publication and learning; media education, new literacies, creative activity and learner agency; the changing nature of teaching and learning in response to the pervasive use in wider culture of media technologies in formal and informal settings. His most recent publication in the field is Digital Media and Learner Identity: The New Curatorship, published at the end of 2012 by Palgrave MacMillan, New York.
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