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Mobile Media / Changing Educational Landscapes (An Overview)

Glen Lowry
As a synopsis of Mobile Media: Changing Educational Landscape (Parts I, II, III), I would like to highlight: 5 Things to Consider in Changing Educational Landscapes 1. Changing (verb transitive):  Changing is both an adjective and a verb. The imperative facing educators is to figure out how we engage with this change in positive, meaningful ways. Within [...]

Mobile Media: Changing Educational Landscapes (Part III)

Glen Lowry
Part III of three part series on Educational Landscapes looks at some of the new strategies I call on in my teaching. Many of these approaches are mediated by recent advances in mobile and social media. III. Beyond Participation: Engagement To help focus discussion on active, positive change, I’d like to draw on Eric Gordon’ [...]

Mobile Media: Changing Educational Landscapes (Part I)

Glen Lowry
This three-part series looks at the impact of mobile media and social media on post-secondary teaching and learning. Joy James invited me to the UWO to talk about my research at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and my discussion draws heavily, a conference I recently attended at the New School in Oct. 2011. Part [...]

ebook: is it a book?

Glen Lowry
“It’s probably not even a book,” one Emily Carr design student shared, during last week’s briefing on the power and potential of the ebook. As a content partner and SIM centre collaborator, I’d been invited to attend Jonathan Aitken’s upper-level design class to discuss a larger ebook research/production project. The first meeting was about learning [...]

In Istanbul: ISEA 2011

Glen Lowry
As I was trying to get my bearings in Istanbul, surfing on line in my place at the Three Apples Suites (just off Taksim). I was struck by this rather beatific reflection. I will have more to say about ISEA 2011 and the Istanbul Biennial and the panel that  Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry invited me read more »

The post-reading generation talks about the future of books

Alexandra Samuel

This post originally appeared on

Today I got to be a (tweeting) fly on the wall in Jonathan Aitken’s ebook design class. Somewhat to my amusement, Jonathan began by explaining how old people like us used to read in linear way, where you flip through pages in order. The explanation seemed less amusingly superfluous once a quick show of hands revealed that the vast majority of students had read fewer than 10 books in the past year. (OK, I’m not doing that much better myself, but I have kids — useful not only for their steady supply of amusing Facebook anecdotes, but as an iron-clad excuse for not reading more.)

Once we got into discussion mode, what was really interesting was how reverently these not-very-book-consuming young people talk about the role and value of books. Some representative comments:

The pajama test: An open letter to my Facebook “friends”

Alexandra Samuel

Dear Facebook “friend”,

You may have noticed that you’re hearing from me less, and when you do, it’s mostly about my husband or my shoes or how I feel when someone eats the last brownie. Maybe you’re happy that your news feed isn’t full of my Twitter updates anymore (I got rid of my Twitter-to-Facebook hookup) or maybe you’re unhappy that I never write on your wall. Maybe you’re wondering why I didn’t accept your friend request, or maybe you’re wondering why you’re not in my friend list when you used to be.

Social networks say good-bye to difficult but crucial interactions

Alexandra Samuel

Todd Essig has a thoughtful post about how social networks have affected the process of saying good-bye in our culture. Now that the hospital where he works is closing, he anticipated more than the usual end-of-school-year good-byes. Instead, he’s seen less: as one of his residents observed, “there has been more ’see you on Facebook!’ and ‘I’ll follow you on Twitter‘” than actual goodbyes.

While social networks promise to help us keep in touch, that same promise may deprive us of a meaningful good-bye, Essig writes:

Making time for creative expression online

Alexandra Samuel

Creative expression, whether that means writing, dancing, bird-watching, or cooking, can give a person almost everything that he or she has been searching for: enlivenment, peace, meaning, and the incalculable wealth of time spent quietly in beauty.

[T]he bad news: You have to make time to do this.

This means you have to grasp that your manic forms of connectivity—cell phone, email, text, Twitter—steal most chances of lasting connection or amazement.

Welcome to the SIM Centre

The Social + Interactive Media Centre is a new research centre that supports a wide range of applied social, interactive and design projects. Funded by a 5-year grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the centre offers BC companies a way to tap the design, creative and technical expertise of Emily Carr faculty and students.