The MacArthur Foundation launched its five-year, $50 million digital media and learning initiative in 2006 to help determine how digital technologies are changing the way young people learn, play, socialize, and participate in civic life. Answers are critical to developing educational and other social institutions that can meet the needs of this and future generations. The initiative is both marshaling what is already known about the field and seeding innovation for continued growth.
Some of the early adopters of SL have been from within the education community. With 60+ institutes and organizations already resident in SL it represents a unique opportunity to tune into global education initiatives. After reading this Red Herring piece on The MacArthur Foundations digital media and learning initiative I decided to attend the Future of Digital Education yesterday. Rebecca Nesson hosted this first session on the Berkman sim.
As was to be expected, given the width and depth of the subject matter combined with new residents visiting SL for the first time, a multitude of topics from identity and imagination to accountability and accessibility were surfaced. For those interested in participating in the ongoing conversation I recommend joining the CyberOne At Large group and reading Henry Jenkins white paper titled Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture : Media Education for the 21st Century.
UPDATE : Grace Wong joins the conversation