Working Group: Digital Media and Learning


In less than two decades, digitized content and emergent tools used to produce and distribute that content have afforded individuals the ability to create powerful forms of social organization. Uncomplicated and inexpensive (often free) digital media tools allow individuals to create and publish content in a variety of forms, and to reach audiences unparalleled by previous media. Many digital media tools are now leveraging the Internet's connective power, allowing people with similar interests to locate each other, across generational, socio-economic and geographic boundaries, to build on their common and divergent understandings.

Furthermore, these digital media affordances are the focal point of a growing body of emergent research. Digital media and learning (DMAL) is emerging as a thematic discipline that cuts across many different academic specializations. Researchers from a variety of academic disciplines (e.g., sociolinguistics, psychology, education) have converged thematically to form this new area of focus. The Digital Media and Learning Working Group (DML-WG) will explore the implication of these DMAL relationships and their impact on both formal and informal learning.

The Digital Media and Learning working group met during the 2010-2011 academic year to consider these issues.

Coordinator: James Folkestad

Members: Jim Folkestad, Deb Colbert, Monica Hardy, David Gilkey, Al Powell, Sally Hibbitt, Adam Macke, Jesse Hausler