Berkman Klein’s “Digital Citizenship Learning Playlists” Wins “Digital Media and Learning (DML) Competition” Award

September 28, 2016

The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is excited to announce that it is one of nine winners of the “6th Digital Media and Learning (DML) Competition: Playlists for Learning,” and has received funding to develop four “Digital Citizenship” playlists: My Digital Self, College Career, Advocacy, and Authorship. Each playlist will include an array of different types of educational activities and multimedia content for youth that are intended to help them learn about key areas of networked life, such as privacy, safety, creative expression, and information quality.

"The development of digital citizenship playlists allows us to co-design collections of learning resources that address specific questions and concerns youth have at the intersection of their personal interests, peer culture, and academics,” said Professor Urs Gasser, executive director of the Berkman Klein Center. ”We hope that by engaging with these playlists, youth from diverse backgrounds will be empowered to exercise a safe, ethical, and critical digital citizenship, and will make meaningful connections across contexts.”

To produce the playlists, the Berkman Klein Center’s Youth and Media team will host workshops in which team members will work alongside local high school students to sequence activities and multimedia content. In the workshops, co-designers will remix learning resources -- such as curricula, videos, infographics, podcasts, and games -- that the Berkman Klein Center has created in the past and that are hosted on the Digital Literacy Resource Platform (DLRP). According to the content needs of each playlist, the Youth and Media team and the co-designers will also create new tools and curate content from Berkman Klein Center’s network of collaborators.

The DML competition supports the creation of educational experiences for young people that embody the principles of connected learning and that empower youth to follow their interests and passions. The competition is part of an effort to transform curriculum design and to scale connected learning. The four Digital Citizenship learning playlists will be compatible with the LRNG platform, a website that connects learning experiences and learners around common passions.

The awards were announced on September 13th in Irvine, California. The DML Competition is supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and administered jointly by University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) and HASTAC, an alliance of more than 14,000 humanists, artists, scientists, and technologists working together to change the future of learning.

About the Berkman Klein Center
The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is dedicated to exploring, understanding, and shaping the development of the digitally-networked environment. A diverse, interdisciplinary community of scholars, practitioners, technologists, policy experts, and advocates, we seek to tackle the most important challenges of the digital age while keeping a focus on tangible real-world impact in the public interest. Our faculty, fellows, staff and affiliates conduct research, build tools and platforms, educate others, form bridges and facilitate dialogue across and among diverse communities. More information at cyber.harvard.edu.

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October 6, 2016