Digital Media in Education

research in new media learning environments

III Colóquio Luso-Brasileiro de Educação a Distância e Elearning

The III Colóquio Luso-Brasileiro de Educação a Distância e Elearning was truly inspiring. It was especially interesting to hear António Dias Figueiredo and his perspective of what is needed regarding the area in higher education institutions, particularly in Portuguese ones. He presented several dichotomies that should be explored starting with the need of having not only tactics to deal with day to day situations but also a long-term strategic view for innovation.
“Quem não constrói castelos no ar não os constrói em nenhum lugar” (spanish saying, translated would be something like: “Those that don’t build castles in the air won’t build them anywhere else”)
From his presentation (Portuguese):
Also inspiring was Marco Silva’s presentation that introduced his view on useful uses of computer and the internet in education separating distance learning from online (or networked) learning. This idea goes side by side with a need for a paradigm shift in education that could foster a participatory learning environment that may cope with the emerging cyber-cultures. He presented his view of a Parangolé pedagogy based in the importance of empowering students in their own interactivity with the learning environment. The following keynote speaker, João Mattar, building on the Parangolé metaphor, presented a discussion between dressing the Parangolé and dressing the Batman cape as metaphors for the dichotomy between the industrial didactic models and post-industrial educational models. Mattar, building on Sherry Turkle’s and others’ ideas, supported the importance of students building their own identity rather than learning to follow rules of behavior dressing a predefined character cloak. He emphasizes the idea that in an industrial era respecting rules was convenient for those interested in reproduction but that today in the emerging informational era anthropophagic paradigms will be much more important for inspiring needed innovations. These ideas seem to have string relations with the also mentioned author Lawrence Lessig and his last book Remix.
Web 2.0 and innovative practices’s presentations were also inspiring and reflected on some level ideas presented by António Quintas Mendes. In his presentation, Mendes addressed the computer as the semantic tool. Building on several authors like Walter Ong and Basil Bernstein, he addressed the topic of a return to a new orality.photoThis perspective is highly supportive of a learning model that supports emerging digital media formats that valorize connectivity at a semantic and personal level like the one I am exploring in my work.

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