Co-creating stories in social learning systems : The role of community media and cultural organisations in disseminating knowledge

Heck, Elizabeth (2015) Co-creating stories in social learning systems : The role of community media and cultural organisations in disseminating knowledge. Platform: Journal of Media and Communication, 6, pp. 13-22.

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This paper investigates how community based media organisations are co-creative storytelling institutions, and how they learn to disseminate knowledge in a social learning system. Organisations involved in story co-creation are learning to create in fluid environments.They are project based, with a constant turnover of volunteers or staff. These organisations have to meet the needs of their funding bodies and their communities to remain sustainable. Learning is seen as dialogical, and this is also reflected in the nature of storytelling itself. These organisations must learn to meet the needs of their communities, who in turn learn from the organisation’s expertise in a facilitated setting. This learning is participatory and collaborative, and is often a mix of virtual and offline interaction. Such community-based organisations sit in the realm of a hybrid-learning environment; they are neither a formal educational institution like a college, nor do their volunteers produce outcomes in a professional capacity. Yet, they must maintain a certain level of quality outcomes from their contributors to be of continued value in their communities. Drawing from a larger research study, one particular example is that of the CitizenJ project. CitizenJ is hosted by a state cultural centre, and partnered with publishing partners in the community broadcasting sector. This paper explores how this project is a Community of Practice, and how it promotes ethical and best practice, meets contributors’ needs, emphasises the importance of facilitation in achieving quality outcomes, and the creation of projects for wider community and public interest.

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ID Code: 83029
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Cultural Organisations, Social learning, Community of Practice
ISSN: 1836-5132
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 [Please consult author]
Deposited On: 01 Apr 2015 01:58
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2015 01:08

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