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    MobilityShifts: An International Future of Learning Summit
    Call for Workshops, Demonstrations, Panel Discussions and Short Talks
    DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS JULY 1, 2011
    11:59pm (EST)

    MobilityShifts
    When: October 10-16, 2011
    Where: The New School, New York City
    http://mobilityshifts.org

    MOBILITYSHIFTS IS: provocative conversations, original ideas, engaging
    performances, workshops and art projects about digital learning. Where,
    when, how, and even what we are learning is changing. Digital learning
    is not only taking place online or in the university classroom but is
    also situated in museums, after school programs, living rooms, public
    libraries and peer-to-peer universities. The future of learning will not
    be solely determined by digital culture but by the re-organization of
    power relationships and institutional protocols. MobilityShifts will
    bring together leading scholars, artists, web developers, technologists,
    teachers, librarians, policy makers, critical legal scholars and
    learning activists to discuss how digital media can play a positive role
    in this process of transformation.

    Comprised of a conference, exhibition, workshops, project demos and a
    theater performance, this summit will add an international layer to the
    existing debate about digital fluencies for a mobile world and learning
    outside the bounds of traditional institutions of higher education.

    Drawing on New York City’s strengths as a global hub for learning,
    innovation and design, the summit will showcase theories, people and
    projects making unexpected connections between self-learning, mobile
    platforms and the Open Web. Learn, discuss, laugh, write
    mini-manifestos, record videos, conduct interviews and meet future
    collaborators.

    APPLICATION GUIDELINES
    MobilityShifts is now accepting applications in the following formats:

    1) Hands-on Workshops and Demonstrations
    (They will take place October 10-13.)
    Workshops and Demonstrations should provide an opportunity for hands-on
    exploration. They will be scheduled for two hours and should invite
    audience participation.

    2) Panel Discussions and Short Talks
    (October 13-16)
    Panel Discussions should bring together four panelists to include a mix
    of individuals working in diverse areas of research, theory and
    practice.

    Short Talks of up to ten minutes should focus on presenting work or
    research on a particular subject relevant to one of the three subthemes
    of the Summit.

    MOBILITYSHIFTS SUBTHEMES:

    DIGITAL FLUENCIES FOR A MOBILE WORLD
    – New pedagogical approaches for learning with mobile platforms;
    – Mobile media for the creation of rich social contexts around learning
    activities;
    – Revisiting the myth of the digital native;
    – Histories of media literacy, the book, reading, and writing;
    – Teaching user rights;
    – Limitations of the “digital literacies” paradigm;
    – Remix and responsibility; the ethics of database culture;
    – Using locative media to expand learning beyond the classroom;
    – Ubiquitous computing inside the traditional classroom;
    – Collaborative learning as a fundamental model of pedagogy;
    – Texts, tweets, and chats as new modes of writing;
    – Smartphone video capture and the art of witnessing;
    – Flash-mobbing, spontaneous gathering, and collective learning in a
    mobile world;
    – Nostalgia for pre-mobile learning spaces

    DO IT YOURSELF UNIVERSITIES: LEARNING WITHOUT A SCHOOL?
    – The future of peer-to-peer learning networks, learning without
    walls/blended learning, sustainability, methods and social practices;
    – Insertions, rearrangements and revamping within existing institutional
    frameworks: the Twenty-first Century University as global learning
    network;
    – Failure of self-learning projects, barriers to the success of DIY U;
    – Technical systems that facilitate relationships between non-monetary
    or reputation economies and DIY U (Op- Producing, locating and using openly accessible resources for learning
    such as public digital libraries, building educational digital
    infrastructures;
    – Reframing knowledge, the educational turn in art;
    – Histories of DIY learning;
    – For-profit and non-profit education: certification for self-learning,
    mass customization of education, open access as business model;
    – Models of peer-grading, updated visions of peer review, and
    peer-produced curriculum;
    – Student occupations: Struggle as DIY learning

    INNOVATIVE DIGITAL LEARNING PROJECTS WORLDWIDE
    – Expand the definition of digital learning informed by projects from
    outside the United States;
    – Examples of practitioners in countries outside of North America and
    Europe serving as digital innovators;
    – Reshape our curricula and pedagogical practices for a transnational
    digital fluency;
    – The Twenty-first Century University as global learning network

    PROPOSAL FORMAT
    PROPOSALS FOR WORKSHOPS, DEMONSTRATIONS & PANEL DISCUSSIONS SHOULD
    INCLUDE:
    1) Names of key presenters or panelists

    2) Institutional affiliations

    3) 150 word biography for Workshop/Panel Chair

    4) Identification of conference subtheme to be covered (Digital
    Fluencies for a Mobile World, DIY U: Learning Without a School?, or
    Digital Learning Projects Globally)

    5) Narrative describing topical orientation, format (e.g., panel
    discussion, presentation followed by group activity and discussion), as
    well as how the session addresses the overall conference focus and/or
    one of the three conference subthemes. Narrative should be 500 words or
    less.

    6) MobilityShifts explores the summit as a site of production. What will
    be the outcome of your contribution (e.g., mini-manifestos, sprint
    publications, video interviews and other documents)?

    7) Submissions will be accepted in Word document format (.doc or .docx)
    ONLY.

    8) Submit to digitalculture [@] newschool.edu with the chosen subtheme
    in the subject line

    PROPOSAL FOR SHORT TALKS SHOULD INCLUDE:
    1) Name of key presenter

    2) Institutional affiliations

    3) 150 word biography for key presenter

    4) Identification of conference subtheme to be covered (Digital
    Fluencies for a Mobile World, DIY U: Learning Without a School?, or
    Digital Learning Projects Globally)

    5) Narrative describing theme, format (e.g., panel discussion,
    presentation followed by interactivity and discussion), as well as how
    the session addresses the overall conference focus and/or one of the
    three conference subthemes. The narrative should be 250 words or less.

    6) Submissions will be accepted in Word document format ONLY (.doc or
    .docx) .

    7) Submit to digitalculture [@] newschool.edu with the chosen subtheme
    in the subject heading. (Ex.: Digital Fluencies for a Mobile World
    Proposal)

    8) Each individual will be limited to participation on no more than two
    panels at the Summit. Participants will be expected to fund their own
    travel and accommodation. The registration fee will not be waived.

    APPLICATION DEADLINE IS JULY 1, 2011, 11:59 PM (EST).

    AUGUST 15 – PROPOSAL NOTIFICATIONS WILL BE SENT.


    Chair: Trebor Scholz
    Co-Chairs: Elizabeth Losh, Edward Keller, David Theo Goldberg, Matthew K. Gold, Sean Dockray
    Steering Committee: Arien Mack, Katie Salen, McKenzie Wark

    Sponsors: The John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Eugene Lang
    College The New School for Liberal Arts, The New School, Parsons The New
    School for Design, The New School for General Studies, The New School
    for Social Research, and the Mozilla Foundation

    MobilityShifts is part of The New School’s Politics of Digital Culture
    conference series. The summit builds on two previous events: The
    Drumbeat Festival in Barcelona (2010) and Digital Media and Learning
    2011 in Los Angeles.

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