djimage3 Wikimedia as Collaborative Inquiry-Learning & Writing Space

See Also: Hathaway, R. (2011). A Powerful Pairing: The Literature Circle and the Wiki. Online Article

With the aim of enacting, in practice, some of our ‘new media literacies’ for English education, we will briefly use a course wiki to model how you might use similar tools in your classroom.

The following video explores new learning ecologies using the lens of ‘read/write’ culture, or ‘remix’ culture, tracing these terms of engagement back to Ted Nelson and Tim Berners-Lee and the early politics of ‘Web 2.0’. While we use the World Wide Web daily, today, it is important to remember that Berners-Lee’s ‘cornerstone’ for the Web was a software program called Enquire. And while many may be online (all the time), very few count themselves among creative cultural makers.

This video looks at how dramatically-transformed technological, social, and cultural landscapes provide opportunities for collaborative forms of ‘situated learning’ today, where learner agency and use-value are central to deep learning and cultural participation. Here, technocratic curricular forms from the era of broadcast media, which still largely dominate teaching and assessment practices today, are being challenged by new modes of engagement (and dynamic enquiry), new actor roles and orientations to dynamic media tools, and new forms of real-world production and sharing.