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Transforming Education with New Media

Participatory Pedagogy, Interactive Learning, and Web 2.0

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Peter DePietro

The possibilities that online platforms and new media technologies provide, in terms of human connection and the dissemination of information, are seemingly endless. With Web 2.0 there is an exchange of messages, visions, facts, fictions, contemplations, and declarations buzzing around a network of computers that connects students to the world – fast. Theoretically this digital connectivity, and the availability of information that it provides, is beneficial to curriculum development in higher education. Education is easily available, democratic, and immersive. But is it worthwhile? Is the kind of education one can get from new media platforms and social media resources, with their click-on videos, rollover animations, and unfiltered content, of sufficient quality that educators should integrate these tools into teaching? This book examines the use of new media in pedagogy, as it presents case studies of the integration of technology, tools, and devices in an undergraduate curriculum taught by the author, at an urban research university in the United States.
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The possibilities that online platforms and new media technologies provide, in terms of human connection and the dissemination of information, are seemingly endless. With Web 2.0 there is an exchange of messages, visions, facts, fictions, contemplations, accusations, exclamations, and declarations buzzing around a network of computers that connects students to the world, fast. Theoretically this digital connectivity, and the availability of information that results from it, is beneficial to curriculum development in higher education. Education is easily available, democratic, and immersive. But is it worthwhile? Is the kind of education you can get from new media platforms and social media resources—with their click-on videos, rollover animations, and unfiltered content—of a quality that educators should be quick to integrate these tools into teaching?

This book examines the use of new media in pedagogy, as it presents case studies of the integration of online tools and social media in courses I, a professor of new media at an urban research university in the United States, teach or have taught. There is an assessment of the pedagogic endeavor in terms of benefits and risks to students, an analysis of interactive learning as it pertains to each case study, and an investigation into the future potential of new media concepts and technologies in higher education teaching. Technology can transform the process of education. However, we educators need to create standards that will guide students in the appropriate and responsible use of these tools. That way, education with technology-based...

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