Course Calendar

Class 1 [Tues March 2]
Learning, Doing, Making with Technologies in Times of Pandemic

  • Syllabus Tour: Course Theme / Making
  • Padlet: Covid-19 Technology ‘Jigsaw’ Collage

What is the relationship between ‘redefinition‘ (transformation) and deep learning? what does (or might) that look like to you in practice?

Application 1: Educational Website ‘Power Up’ Due by Class Start of Class 3


Class 2  [Friday March 5] Reassembling Digital Literacies: Possible Futures

As you read, create a meta text or annotation system for reading with – and responding to – the text. Pull out key ideas / models / and striking quotes – along with your reflections on them. How can we address current and emergent problem spaces (social media, dis/information, algorithmic culture, AI, corporate control of educational media) to support critical digital literacies? What are the emerging opportunities, new roles and practices, and creative contexts for using digital tools and new media ecologies productively? What does the future look like to you?

  1. Nichols, T.P. & Stornaiuolo, A. (2019). Assembling Digital Literacies Contingent Pasts Possible Futures,  Media and Communication (ISSN: 2183–2439) 2019, Volume 7, Issue 2, Pages 14–24.

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Representations of technologies for education and learning in media culture? What do contemporary images say about what learning ‘looks like’ using media? Exploring connections to the reading….

Breaking down pasts, presents and futures of learning.

Application 2: Digital Futures (Due with Website by Class 3)



Class 3 [Tuesday March 9]  Possible Futures:
Moving Making Online and Learning through Making

Teaching in York’s BHER (Borderless Higher Education for Refugeees) programme means shifting learning online (just like with COVID-19!). How is technology and learning theorized? What is production pedagogy and what forms does it take in the reading?

Relationships between the texts on the themes of future(s)? . How do you see learning through making taking place in your own teaching practice or (informal) learning experiences? Connections between educational challenges in Dadaab and in Canada?

Create a meta-text with annotations and reflections / Pull out passages you found interesting.

  1. Abikar*, A., Aden*, A., Thumlert, K., Dayha N., & Jenson, J. (2021). Refugees respond: Using digital tools, networks and ‘production pedagogies’ to envision possible futures. In W. Giles & D. Dippo (Eds.), Borderless Higher Education for Refugees.  London, UK: Bloomsbury.

Application 3: Production pedagogies.


Class 4 [Friday March 12] Making at Home / #Digital Parents
Graphic Novels: Telling Stories

As you read, identify the problems and opportunities this study addresses? How are problems and opportunities playing in COVID-19 contexts, and how might we address ‘digital divides’ and ‘participation gaps’ that persist as obstacles to equity ?

  1. Hébert, C., Thumlert, K. & Jenson, J. (2020) #Digital parents: Inter-generational learning through a digital literacy workshop, Journal of Research on Technology in Education.

Examining multimodal digital storytelling practice for superdiverse worlds and multi and pluralingual learning events/contexts (Lotherington; Prasad; Cummins, et al.); Thinking about mobile applications for ‘place-based’ inquiry and making.

3770 2021 Class 4 digital storytelling

Application 4: Multimodal Literacies and Digital Storytelling (See highlighted part of the article) / Documenting Practice


Class 5 [Tuesday March 16]
Bringing Learning to Life with Video Production

As you read and watch, sketch down models of interest and reflect upon what you need – and need to know – to make video (of different genres). Consider particular genre-specific techniques (documentary, music video, narrative cinema, experimental, etc).

Student-Created Videos (Models):
Technological Education (Construction Arts, Green Construction): Making off the Grid: Upcycling Learning
Multiliteracies (English/Language and Media Arts):
416Lit.com: Production Pedagogies Case Study

3770 2021 5 Video Production

Application 5: Video Works


Class 6 [Friday March 19] Hands-On Friday (1) NOON / 12pm start

Working with iMovie, Camtasia, and other Video-Making Software Tools (including phone apps).

This group tutorial will explore the use of screen capture media and the integration of screen-capture with iMovie and other software (including practices for audio/voice-over; image integration/technqiues; using cut away/split screen, and green-screen effects; music integration (from sources like Garageband); video downloading software (to download clips) and referencing; using phone apps (special effects).

Have a technique, tool, or ‘work-around’ to share? This is an opportunity to learn from each other, and many of you will have knowledge/know-how that I do not.


Class 7  [Tuesday March 23 ] Learning with Soundmaking Tools

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  1. Thumlert, K., Harley, D. & Nolan, J. (2020). Sound beginnings: Learning, communicating and make sense with sound. Music Educators Journal 107(2).

Application  6: Soundworks


Class 8  [Friday March 26 ] Hands-On Friday / 12pm start

Working with Garageband as DAW (Digital Audio Workstation): Recording and Editing Audio Elements (Direct and through Microphone); Using Audio Effects; Basic Mixing and Mastering.

Have a technique, tool, or ‘work-around’ to share? This is an opportunity to learn from each other, and many of you will have knowledge/know-how that I do not. FIY  /See also: Audacity (Free) PC. Ableton Live Tutorial Set (FYI) and VCV Rack


Class 9 [Tuesday March 30] Learning Principles!

As you read, create a concept mind-map: Collect key quotes and diagram ideas/annotations and draw relations between the readings – and previous articles (along with your own critical reflections and personal connections). How can Gee’s Learning Principles and Playful Constructivism help us rethink learning (in and outside of games) and help us design ‘good games’?

  1. Gee, J.P. (2007). Are Video Games Good for Learning? In Worlds in Play: International Perspectives on Digital Game Research. New York.
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aQAgAjTozk

Application 7: learning principles


[Friday April 2] No Class Meeting / University Holiday

Play Games!


Class 10 [Tuesday April 6] Participatory Culture

Connecting the Dots through the lens of ‘participatory culture’. How does Jenkins’ ‘participatory’ culture connect with or enact course themes? Relationships with making, constructionism, or Gee’s learning principles?

  1. Jenkins, Henry (2010). Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century. The McArthur Foundation. 21st Century Media (Technology) Education (Read PP. 1 – 30 closely).
  2. Watch: What is Participatory Culture?


Class 11 [Friday April 9] Work on Final Projects 

Live VCV Rack Q & A with Heidi Chan (for those who selected the VCV rack final project option)


Class 12 [Tues April 13] TBD