As promised, I’ve set up this blog for our digital media research group. I will ‘pretty’ it up in time and hope we can share in the task of making it an interesting sharing and learning space:) Please email me a short blurb about yourself and your thesis topic so that I can add it to the participants tab. My email address is mz.pallitt@gmail.com

Today will be our 4th meeting, with Travis, Marian and Bonnie presenting proposals. Last week I shared some data with the group (boys’ drawings of their favourite games and shocking game designs). Today was the Mobile literacies seminar:

“Dr Marion Walton from Film and Media Studies, Associate Professor Ana Deumert from Linguistics, and Steve Vosloo from the Shuttleworth Foundation will discuss the findings of the Mobile Literacies project funded by the Shuttleworth Foundation. Current models of informal online learning and digital literacies depict freedom of movement through expansive online learning spaces, and individual trajectories of participation in peer and affinity networks (Gee, 2003, 2005; Jenkins et al, 2006). These models are not necessarily adequate to describe online learning networks in the global South, where the internet is increasingly accessible via ubiquitous GPRS-enabled mobile phones. This seminar will discuss a case study of the m4Lit project (Mobiles for Literacy), a teen literacy development project in South Africa which recruited around 63 000 subscribers using mobile internet technologies and an m-novel (mobile novel) entitled Kontax.”

I was unable to attend the seminar today, although I helped out as a research assistant on the project. Bad Nicci for not attending! Those of you who attended, please feel free to add a comment or a new blog post about the seminar and what you found interesting about it. Also, since we are sharing a username and password to make things easier, perhaps add your name to the bottom of posts and comments:)

See you all at our meeting later, Nicci (Nicola Pallitt)

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