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Thursday, August 18 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
Designing for DIY: Presentationing through Tensions, Lessons, and Questions to Guide Innovative Learning Environments

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How do we apply lessons learned from research on do-it-yourself (DIY) media in conscious design of practical learning environments, from classrooms to after-school clubs to websites? From fanfiction writing to video game design, DIY media has provided rich opportunities for learning. Yet while individual sites or particular youth may stand out as success stories, applying principles learned from such research into our own designed educational settings remains a challenge. In this workshop we invite participants to join in productive conversation about “tensions” faced in connecting theory to practice in thinking through design principles for creating educational affinity spaces.


Deborah Fields

Research Consultant + Assistant Professor, Utah State University
Dr. Deborah A. Fields is a Temporary Assistant Professor in Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences at Utah State University and an independent research consultant. Deborah researches children’s connective learning and identity engagement through designing with digital technologies in ways that bridge informal and formal learning contexts. She is the co-PI on the Kids' DIY Media Project (kidsdiymedia.com) aimed at identifying and... Read More →

Sara Grimes

Toronto, Ontario, Canada, University of Toronto
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Jayne C. Lammers

Assistant professor, University of Rochester
affinity space research; online research methods; videogame and other digital literacies; writing; 21st century learning; adolescent literacies; English teacher preparation

Alecia Magnifico

Assistant professor, University of New Hampshire

Thursday August 18, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Industry Union South

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