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1. Boler, Megan. and Lottridge, Danielle. "Bridging Critical Theory and Design Learning: Social Media and Generative Pedagogy" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre, Suntec City, Singapore, <Not Available>. 2019-08-20 <>
Publication Type: Session Paper
Abstract: The exponential rise of social networking system (SNS) uses, particularly by college and university students, poses a radical challenge to pedagogies, as well to traditional conceptions of what counts as participatory democracy and civic engagement. How can educators develop “sociable media pedagogies” that recognize the cutting-edge expertise and practices of the students in our diverse classrooms? Drawing on research of Danah Boyd and Michael Wesch, our paper will address our research into how young people are engaging SNS such as Facebook for social movements such as the Obama campaign, Fair Copyright, and Muslim Immigration. We present a case study on collaborative and multi-modal pedagogies; we critically reflect on our experiences teaching a new cross-disciplinary graduate course in technology, design, and critical theories. Our students interrogated and synthesized critical theory through making real interactive prototypes, for example: a platform for collaboratively building political policy development, and a modified role playing game for English Language Learners to practice social interactions. Our bridge between critical and design-oriented knowledge production yields insights into the path toward bridging the divides between these pedagogies and understandings of media.

Megan M. Boler is Professor of philosophy of education at OISE/ University of Toronto. Her books include Feeling Power: Emotions and Education (Routledge 1999); Democratic Dialogue in Education: Troubling Speech, Disturbing Silences (Peter Lang, 2004); and Digital Media and Democracy: Tactics in Hard Times (MIT Press, 2008).

Danielle Lottridge is a PhD candidate in Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto and her research focus is on developing design methods to support creative insights from socio-technical principles, and on creating and studying methods for evaluating technology through self-reported and physiologically captured emotion.

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