In a couple of weeks (March 14-16) I'll be heading to Chicago for the annual Digital Media and Learning Conference organized by the DML Research Hub. The theme this year is "Democratic Futures: Mobilizing Voices, and Remixing Youth Participation".
There has been a longstanding narrative of youth political apathy and disengagement from democratic life. As the currents of social, political, financial, and global change intensify, what is the future of participatory democracy, youth activism, and civic and political education? How are the practices and forms of participatory democracy evolving in the age of social, digital, and mobile media?
So many good talks, and I think a few of my favorites overlap unfortunately. Anyhow, here are some I'm especially looking forward to:
ChicagoQuest Curriculum Design Jam
"In this workshop, players will be taught the different phases of our curriculum design process. They will form small teams to compete against other teams in a guided challenge to design at each of the “levels” of the curriculum design process, both experiencing and designing CQ-style game-like learning."
Seems that I've been mentioning the Quest Schools in every post at this point...
Games, Learning and the Future of Assessment
"The development of game-based assessments to support the learning of domain-based knowledge and skills." Very excited for this one.
Just got back from Web Design Day, hosted by Refresh Pittsburgh, Pgh's web design meetup group. After a day of excellent presentations by some excellent speakers, excellent drinks and snacks were had at Commonwealth Press for the after party. #WDD2012 win, I'm definitely looking forward to next year. Thanks to Val and Jason Head for all their hard work. Anyways, here are some disjointed notes from a few of the presentations (there were other very good ones I didn't have notes on, so sorry):
Kevin Hoffman: Designing Meetings to Work For
How much information does a person retain when:
Listening - 20%
Seeing - 30%
Discussing - 70%
Making & Managing - 90%
In large meetings, designate people for these four roles:
Facilitator: a neutral person, listens to group member ideas and does not add their own.
Recorder: Someone to capture ideas publicly, a graphic facilitator. White board it up.
Group Member: Everyone else, those contributing the ideas.
Leader: A person to decide why you are having the meeting, its goals, and the outcome. Assumes the role of a Group Member during said meeting.
Collaborative Deliverables: Why not wireframe as a group? Print out a large version of what is being redesigned and mark it up together. Have a group sketching session.
Meagan Fisher: Becoming a Web Design Champion: How to Better Collaborate, Develop Your Style, and Get Designs Launched
Vary your sources of inspiration - if you are making a website, don't just look at websites. Go to a museum or read a graphic design book.