A new educational technology for media and communication studies : mapping media in Australia and Sweden
Spurgeon, Christina L., Collis, Christy, Foth, Marcus, & Severson, Pernilla (2010) A new educational technology for media and communication studies : mapping media in Australia and Sweden. In Stewart, Concetta M., Schifter, Catherine C., & Selverian, Melissa E. Markaridian (Eds.) Teaching and Learning with Technology : Beyond Constructivism. Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group), London, pp. 113-130.
This chapter reports on Australian and Swedish experiences in the iterative design, development, and ongoing use of interactive educational systems we call ‘Media Maps.’ Like maps in general, Media Maps are usefully understood as complex cultural technologies; that is, they are not only physical objects, tools and artefacts, but also information creation and distribution technologies, the use and development of which are embedded in systems of knowledge and social meaning. Drawing upon Australian and Swedish experiences with one Media Map technology, this paper illustrates this three-layered approach to the development of media mapping. It shows how media mapping is being used to create authentic learning experiences for students preparing for work in the rapidly evolving media and communication industries. We also contextualise media mapping as a response to various challenges for curriculum and learning design in Media and Communication Studies that arise from shifts in tertiary education policy in a global knowledge economy.
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