(May 2003 - March 2007.) Tama's thoughts on the blogosphere, podcasting, popular culture, digital media and citizen journalism posted from a laptop computer somewhere in Perth's isolated, miniature, urban jungle ...

NMC Online Conference on The Impact of Digital Media

Tuesday, October 24, 2006
The NMC (New Media Consortium) Online Conference on The Impact of Digital Media takes place across the next two days. From the look of the abstracts, the conference has a number of great papers as well as keynotes by two outstanding digital media thinkers, Howard Rheingold and danah boyd (the full conference programme is here). I'm giving what they're calling a poster presentation -- which is really uploading slides and a paper and allowing conference participants to make comments asynchronously, as opposed to the live video-chat full papers. My presentation is called "Student Podcasting and Participatory Pedagogies", with this abstract:
In the past two years podcasting has found a home in university teaching and learning but has primarily replicated the top-down delivery of lectures in the form of "coursecasts" or "profcasts." However, this poster will explore the more dynamic and creative possibilities unleashed when students create and distribute their own podcasts as part of the learning experience. Tama Leaver will extrapolate from an honours course entitled iGeneration in which students created podcasts as their major assignments and argue that student podcasting combines the best attributes of social software and pedagogical practice to enhance student engagement in participatory culture and vastly improve digital literacy.

The paper is quite similar to the iPodium paper I gave at AoIR 7.0 last month and I think after the discussions during this conference it'll be time to finally write up the full version and get the paper published.

I'm quite excited about being involved in a fully online conference and being able to chat to some really interesting and innovative people, but there is one minor hitch: since I'm in a GMT+8 timezone, "Tuesday's" live events occur between 12am and 6.30am Wednesday morning my time, while "Wednesday's" events occur between 11pm Wednesday and 5am Thursday. Thankfully, there is a recorded archive of each paper after it's given, but I would really like the chance to interact as much as possible. I have the feeling I'll make in until 2am tonight -- until the end of Howard Rheingold's session -- and then maybe I'll get up before 4am Thursday morning and hear danah boyd's keynote on "Networked Publics: Youth Socialization on MySpace New".

The only downside to the conference is that it's a paid event, so the exciting sessions are only open to conference participants.

Perhaps I should have gotten more organised and participated in the NMC symposium that ran inside Second Life, held in the lead up to the full conference. Recordings of all the Second Life events are available and can be found here. For more on the experience of the Second Life events, check out Christy Dena's account of her in-world talk (and check out the podcast of her talk, too).

Okay, it's almost midnight (and thus almost 9am in California) so I'm off to log into the conference ...


Howard Rheingold's keynote "The Pedagogy of Civic Participation" is currently underway, but for those not logged into the conference, Howard gave the talk in the Second Life symposium the other day and you can hear the podcast here. [Via Smartmobs]

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At 10/25/2006 01:36:00 pm, Anonymous Christy Dena said...

Oh great! You were part of it too! Would of be ace to have seen your talk inworld and chatted. Next time!

At 10/25/2006 01:54:00 pm, Blogger Tama said...

Next time for sure! The SL events look great ... I just need time to iron my avatar! ;)

At 10/26/2006 11:49:00 pm, Anonymous marianne said...

Hey Tama,
Thought you might be interested in this bit of citizen media: the Wee Shu Min saga.
(She also has a special mention in the Wikipedia entry for her Member of Parliment father.) And I blogged about it too.


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