When analyzing the Garfield comic strip and subsequent franchise as it relates to the larger goals and mission of both Paws, Inc. and the Center for Emerging Media Design & Development, it’s important to note the correlation between comics and childhood literacy, in addition to the comic’s ability to engage people with humor and reading as a whole.
During his recent visit to the Ball State campus, astrophysicist-turned-entrepreneur Alberto Pepe shared his vision for building an online, collaborative community for academic researchers.
The Invictus Writers project was conceptualized precisely as a way to remove the teacher as the primary motivator, and replace that with “the audience” as primary motivator. That required the project to have as many front-facing, student-led initiatives as possible.
Last week I wrote a post (“Constructivism, Transmedia Thinking, and Why the Classroom Doesn’t Work”) that explored some of the reasons that I struggle with teaching creative arts within the confines of a structured classroom. This week I wanted to explore a second part to that argument: Constructivist teaching experiences work best when the outcome is applied research aimed at solving a real-world problem.
The role of reading in American society is changing. We need look no further for evidence than research studies aggregated in books such as The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupifies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future (or, Don’t Trust Anyone Under 30) and Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses that examine the Millennial generation who neither read nor understand the fundamental cognitive structures developed by reading.
In August 2010, I sat down with my friend and colleague Prof. Jennifer George-Palilonis, the head of the graphics sequence at Ball State University’s Department of Journalism, and asked her if she’d collaborate with me on a book project. However, this wasn’t just a simple book project. This year long project, dubbed Transmedia Indiana, would have multiple layers.
our faculty members and 40 students ran the social media operation for Hallmark Homes, an Indiana builder contracted by ABC’s Extreme Makeover television program. Throughout seven days, the teams created audio, video, text and images, highlighting the contractors, volunteers and crowds who gathered to participate in the 7-day build.
As you know, I’ve been running a social media team of students for the last week in Bunker Hill, IN. During that time, I have sent swarms of people out to collect raw data with the promise that we would do something fun with that.
Here is an example of some of that fun. This is an alpha version, which means it’s hardly ready for prime time. Still, it’s a taste of what you will be learning if you continue on with me: