One of the conversations that we have around these parts revolves around the implicit connection between emerging platforms and texts (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, remix video) and the ways that they could best be channeled to help students practice the skills/core competencies that liberal education prides itself on: critical thinking, analysis, synthesis, etc. (These are just the ones that show up in our institutional mission statement—feel free to add others!)
I’m hoping that people might like to brainstorm some ideas around the following:
- What do these competencies look like in new media forms, as opposed to the research paper format? (In other words, how do we know critical thinking in a remix video when we see it?)
- What pedagogical strategies and examples can we explore with our students to highlight these?
- What versions of these competencies are site-specific (e.g., analysis on YouTube vs. analysis on Twitter), and which are transferable? Are there some platforms/practices that are more amenable to developing these competencies than others?