The MacArthur Foundation Series on Digital Media and Learning will explore the intersection of digital media and learning from the perspectives of experts, visionaries, and thought leaders chosen from across the globe. The working hypothesis of the effort is that digital media have advanced significantly in recent years, enabling new forms of knowledge production, social networking, communication, and play. Through the use of such media, young people are engaged in an unprecedented exploration of language, games, social interaction, and self-directed education that can be used to support learning.
The overall aim of the series is to explore the consequences of this exposure to and use of digital media for their sense of self, how they express their independence and creativity, and their ability to learn, exercise judgment, and think systematically.
This Symposium, as part of NMC's participation in the MacArhur Foundation Series on Digital Learning, included 12 days of presentations, art, music, discussion, and interaction held entirely in the NMC Campus in Second Life-- see the dgitial archives of the events.
This morning, the MacArthur Foundation held a press conference in New York City to announce their $50 million investments to support programs in digital media– see Building the Field of Digital Media and Learning as well as the press release.
These events were video streamed into the Gonick Ampitheater of NMC Campus, where up to 65 avatars listened in and generated a lot of back channel discussion.
October 10-21, 2006
Howard Rheingold to keynote
This month the NMC will host a 12-day symposium on the NMC Campus in Second Life focusing on the impact of digital media on all aspects of our daily lives. At the intersection of virtual 3-D space and the "flat-web" of the browser, virtual worlds like Second Life are active settings for collaboration and socialization. The Symposium on the Impact of Digital Media will explore the ways we encounter and understand digital media -- inside such a setting.
This interview with Henry Jenkins (MIT), a member of advisory board for the MacArthur Foundation Series on Digital Learning, took place at the September 2006 Authors/Editors meeting in Newark, New Jersey, where we asked participants to share their own experiences with digital media and their thoughts on the MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Project.