[Humanist] 25.690 events: learning; arts & industrial culture

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Thu Feb 2 08:53:00 CET 2012

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 25, No. 690.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Nina Möllers <n.moellers at DEUTSCHES-MUSEUM.DE>            (28)
        Subject: EXTENDED DEADLINE: Icohtec Symposium 2012 "Technology, the
                Arts and Industrial Culture"

  [2]   From:    UC Humanities Research Institute <maritess at hri.uci.edu>  (130)
        Subject: The Future of Learning in a Connected World: DML Conference
                drawshundreds of researchers

        Date: Wed, 1 Feb 2012 08:25:02 +0100
        From: Nina Möllers <n.moellers at DEUTSCHES-MUSEUM.DE>
        Subject: EXTENDED DEADLINE: Icohtec Symposium 2012 "Technology, the Arts and Industrial Culture"

Please notice that the deadline for the 39th ICOHTEC SYMPOSIUM 2012 on 
"Technology, the Arts and Industrial Culture" in Barcelona, Spain, 10 – 
14 July 2012 has been extended to Sunday 12 February 2012 at 5 pm GMT.

Those who have already made their submissions can amend their proposal 
until the same deadline. No further extensions or amendment period will 
be given after February 12.

Further information on the updated Call for Papers at: 

We prefer to receive submissions in an electronic format. Our online 
submission form is available at: 

Start the submission process by signing up in the system and reading the 
instructions. The programme will announce whether your submission has 
been successful or not.

We look forward to meeting you in Barcelona in mid-July.

Timo Myllyntaus
Secretary General

Dr. Nina Möllers
Deutsches Museum
Museumsinsel 1
80538 München
n.moellers at deutsches-museum.de


        Date: Wed, 1 Feb 2012 17:58:48 +0000
        From: UC Humanities Research Institute <maritess at hri.uci.edu>
        Subject: The Future of Learning in a Connected World: DML Conference drawshundreds of researchers

The Future of Learning in a Connected World:
Conference in San Francisco draws hundreds of researchers,
technologists, educators

(IRVINE, CA) -- How must learning and education adapt to digital society?
That's the question hundreds of technologists, futurists, researchers, and
educators will take on in the "Beyond Educational Technology: Learning
Innovations in a Connected World conference, Mar. 1-3, in San Francisco.

With provocative talks, inspiring case studies, and panel conversations
featuring global thought leaders, scholars, and leading practitioners, the
conference will address rapidly-escalating concerns about the urgent need
to reimagine education, learning, and school for the present generation and beyond.

At the heart of the conference lies a challenge that is drawing the
attention of activists, policymakers and social innovators everywhere: At
this historical moment, people, cultures, and knowledge are coming 
together in unprecedented ways via the internet, digital technology, and
social media -- how should learners and learning institutions change?

The conference, to be held at the Wyndham Parc 55 Hotel in the Union
Square district, will spotlight scores of examples of next-generation
learning and innovation, including:

*   The exploding sector of international online social learning networks.*   How YouTube is being used by youth across the world to teach other specialized subject matter.
*   How a group of Muslim girls is using digital media to tell the world what their lives are like.
*   Youth who are designing and using videogames to explore critical social issues like climate change and human rights.
*   Ways in which social media is being used in local communities to push back on the destructive dynamics of gangs and ethnic rivalries.
A school in northern California where teachers let go of the reins and let
youth learn by designing solutions to real-world issues they care about.

The conference will be dedicated to illuminating big-picture questions but
also everyday ones, such as: What happens when a group of 15 teenagers from
an underprivileged community in Texas are given regular access to computers
and the internet? Are skills like multimedia production and credibility
assessment just as important now as reading, writing, and arithmetic? Is the
use of social media a classroom-essential?

The first day of the conference will feature a special briefing during which
researchers will outline a new model of learning especially geared to
digital society. Called 'Connected Learning', it is a new vision of learning
suited to the complexity, connectivity, and velocity of the new knowledge
society and today's economic and political realities. A fresh approach to
education, connected learning is anchored in research and the best of
traditional standards, but also designed to mine the learning potential of
the new social- and digital media domain. The press briefing and reception,
including cocktails, will take place Thursday, Mar. 1, from 5pm to 6 pm.
Members of the news media interested in attending the briefing can get more
information by emailing Whitney Burke at the Digital Media and Learning
Research Hub.

The conference also will feature a Science Fair, produced by the Mozilla
Foundation, a nonprofit organization that created the Firefox web browser
and advocates worldwide for internet freedom. Mozilla's science fair will
spotlight many exciting new learning-related undertakings, including: Hive
Learning Networks, open, connected communities in New York and Chicago
dedicated to transforming the learning landscape for youth; Mozilla Popcorn,
a classroom tool for youth to produce video book reports, interactive
essays, and digital-age storytelling; Peer 2 Peer University, a grassroots
open education project that organizes learning outside of institutional
walls; and Mozilla Open Badges, an effort to create a new way of recognizing
skills and achievements for 21st century learners. The Science Fair will
take place Thursday, Mar. 1, from 6pm to 7:30 pm. It's a casual event and
cocktails and snacks will be served.

The opening night of the conference will also see the naming of the 2011
award winners for the MacArthur Foundation-supported fourth annual Digital
Media & Learning Competition. Winners will receive awards of up to $200,000.
This year's competition has been designed to encourage individuals and
organizations to create new forms of recognition - digital badges that
identify, recognize, and account for new skills, competencies, knowledge,
and achievements for 21st century learners regardless of where and when
learning takes place.

The conference theme, "Beyond Educational Technology: Learning Innovations
in a Connected World," refers to a dramatic shift that has taken place even
in the last few years: the realization that a renaissance in learning is not
tied to any specific tool or platform or individual technology, but to the
impact of the widespread creation and acquisition of knowledge that is now
possible through observing, interacting and collaborating with others
anywhere, anytime. The headline speakers include John Seely Brown, an expert
in radical innovation, digital culture and ubiquitous computing; and
conference chair Diana Rhoten, digital learning entrepreneur and senior vice
president for strategy in the new education division at News Corp.

Rhoten believes the conference topic, timing, and location (so near Silicon
Valley) will be an unusual opportunity for critical, diverse voices to
challenge assumptions and status quo thinking about reimagining education in
the 21st century -- and to take on the compelling if controversial role of
digital technology, the internet and social media in that task.

"Technology is just a tool to be put in the hands of the users," Rhoten
says. "So before we start talking about what technology can do to innovate
education, we must back up the conversation and really understand what the
primary practices and purposes of learning are. There's no other market in
which products are built without significant user input. If we don't start
doing that in this sector, we are failing the teachers, students, and
parents who are intended to be the direct beneficiaries of entrepreneurial

This is the third annual conference produced by the Digital Media and
Learning Research Hub, which organizes the gathering to explore what
next-generation learning looks like in a world being remade by innovation,
technology, and social networks. Located physically at the University of
California, Irvine, and situated within the UC system's Humanities Research
Institute, the Research Hub is dedicated to analyzing and interpreting the
impact of the internet and digital media on education, politics, and youth.

"Bringing together thought leaders, major technology developers, prominent
researchers, and innovative practitioners nationally and internationally,
this is a 'must attend' experience for anyone wanting to figure out where
learning practices are headed, leading research in the field, and best
practices in technologically-enabled learning," says David Theo Goldberg,
director of the UC Humanities Research Institute and executive director of
the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub. "The Digital Media and Learning
Conference is a key forum for discovering leading thought and developments
regarding digital media's impact on the innovation and transformation of
learning and educational practice."

The work of the DML Research Hub, which includes original research,
websites, publications, workshops, and the conference, is funded by the John
D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The Gates Foundation, the Mozilla
Foundation, and Microsoft Research have also contributed to this year's

About the MacArthur Foundation and the Digital Media & Learning Initiative

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people
and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and
peaceful world. In addition to selecting the MacArthur Fellows, the
Foundation works to defend human rights, advance global conversation and
security, make cities better places, and understand how technology is
affecting children and society. The MacArthur Foundation launched its
digital media and learning initiative in 2006 to explore how digital media
are changing the way young people learn, play, socialize and participate in
civic life, and what that means for their learning in the 21st century. More
information on the digital media and learning initiative is available at

Contact:Whitney Burke
Digital Media & Learning Research Hub
University California Humanities Research Institute
e: wburke at hri.uci.edu<mailto:wburke at hri.uci.edu>
p: 949-824-4587

University of California Humanities Research Institute | 4000 Humanities Gateway | Irvine | CA | 92697-3350

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