As the fall semester gets underway, our Digital Natives project colleagues share some of the details of the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory's Digital Media and Learning Competition. This year's theme is Participatory Learning, and there are two kinds of awards, both with an October 15 application deadline: Innovation in Participatory Learning; and Young Innovators.
Participatory Learning includes the ways in which new technologies enable learners (of any age) to contribute in diverse ways to individual and shared learning goals. Through games, wikis, blogs, virtual environments, social network sites, cell phones, mobile devices, and other digital platforms, learners can participate in virtual communities where they share ideas, comment upon one another’s projects, and plan, design, advance, implement, or simply discuss their goals and ideas together. Participatory learners come together to aggregate their ideas and experiences in a way that makes the whole ultimately greater than the sum of the parts.
This is a great award that supports students and teachers of all ages
to think boldly about “what comes next” in participatory learning and to contribute to making it happen.
Also check out social media guru Howard Rheingold, one of the winners, who has been running a HASTAC forum on participatory learning on Seesmic. In the Social Media Classroom Co-labrotory, Howard Rheingold explores the idea of participatory learning with the new HASTAC Scholars explores the affordances of SEESMIC (think YouTube video with responses running along the bottom as the video plays to highlight the conversation) as a learning tool.