New Media & Learning Initiative
Q: How has the growth and acceptance of new media opened new opportunities for learning, scholarship, and creative expression?
A: The New Media & Learning Initiative. At the core of this initiative is a focus on how communication, art, learning, and technology are converging. A major goal of this effort is to stimulate ideas about how to use emerging media forms more effectively, especially at the intersection of these areas.
This work permeates much of what the NMC does, but the initiative is an umbrella for specially focused programs. These have included the 21st Century Literacy Summit, which convened an international working group of thought leaders in this arena, traditional and online conferences on visual literacy and other topics related to new media and learning, alliances with groups like the Marcus Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation, and publications such as A Global Imperative: The Report of the 21st Century Literacy Summit .
As a centerpiece for this initiative, in the first quarter of each year, the NMC convenes the annual Symposium on New Media and Learning, which provides a forum for the exploration of new media’s impacts on teaching, learning, and creative inquiry.