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Digital Literacy: Changing the Dynamics of Learning Cope, William


Webcast sponsored by Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by SLAIS. We can use new technologies to do conventional, old things—as we do when we transfer Gutenberg’s typographic schemas onto desktops or the heritage logic of classrooms into learning management systems. This presentation explores seven ‘affordances’—things we could do differently with new media technologies, even though much of the time we do not. The things I am going to highlight are by no means written into new media technologies. In fact, these are all things that, with effort, we could have done with printed texts and in traditional classrooms, and sometimes did. The change of greatest significance is the economy of effort. The presentation will be around the wrong way, starting in the first half with the practicalities of a several projects I am working on for the US Department of Education. For these projects, we have been building an online writing, learning and assessment environment, and trialing it in schools. I will show this. In the second half of my talk, I will get into the theory and explore the seven affordances: collaboration, differentiation, metacognition, ubiquity, multimodality, agency and evaluation. Bill Cope is a Research Professor in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership at University of Illinois, and is co-author or editor, with Mary Kalantzis, of a number of books in the fields of curriculum and assessment, recently including: New Learning: Elements of a Science of Education, Cambridge University Press, 2008; Ubiquitous Learning, University of Illinois Press, 2009 and Literacies, Cambridge University Press, 2011. He is a former First Assistant Secretary in the Australian Government's Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs. He is inventor of a ‘Method for the Creation, Location and Formatting of Digital Content’, US Patent 7,886,225 B2.

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