Invitation: Participate in the new MacArthur Foundation Initiative
Date: October 20, 2006 3:50:41 PM EDT (CA)
From: Tara McPherson <[log in to unmask]>
On behalf of the MacArthur Foundation initiative on digital media and
learning, we invite you, your colleagues, and your students to join
us in three online forums which will run from Monday, October 23
through Friday, Nov. 3rd.
The MacArthur Foundation seeks to create networks of interested
scholars and practitioners as they move toward a substantial
investment in the area of digital media and learning. Our specific
working group is identifying consequences of digital media use that
might be unanticipated or unexpected, which we will examine in-depth
in a book of essays to be completed next year.
We are undertaking three online discussions over the next two weeks.
The first[A Dialogue with K-12 Teachers about Digital Media and
Learning] seeks to explore the possibilities and limits of using
digital media in the K-12 classroom by engaging with teachers who
face such questions every day, particularly since this group is a
significant stakeholder in the issue of digital media and learning.
The second forum [A Conversation with Youth about Digital Media
Research ] is designed to encourage youth to respond to ideas being
formulated by our researchers. If possible, we'd love to hear from
your students, particularly high school students and college students.
The third forum will address the question "(How) Can digital media be
controlled?" and will feature Yochai Benkler, Geoff Bowker, danah
boyd, Wendy Chun, Seth Finkelstein, Robert Heverly, Gus (Ian) Hosein,
Sonia Livingstone, Henry Lowood, Eben Moglen, Christain Sandvig,
Responses generated through these forums will enrich our research and
may be included in our published volume and in other MacArthur
To join us, please go to one of our online discussion forums at:
The first time you visit the site, you'll need to create a user name
and password (simply click on "Join"); once you register, you'll be
directed to a page that 'houses' all three forums. Just click on the
folder of the forum you're interested in participating in or peruse
Further background: The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
recently announced plans to build the emerging field of digital media
and learning, committing $50 million over five years to the effort.
The Foundation will fund research and innovative projects focused on
understanding the impact of the widespread use of digital media on
our youth and how they learn. See http://www.macfound.org/digital for
Please circulate and/or blog this information as you see fit, with
apologies for any cross-postings, and don't hesitate to contact me
should you have questions.
Editor, volume on Innovative Uses & Unexpected Consequences
Associate Professor, USC School of Cinematic Arts