Geeking Out and Leveling Up: How Gamers, Fans, and Makers Learn Through Affinity Networks
Hosted by the NYU Departments of Media, Culture, and Communication; Teaching & Learning; Steinhardt Office of Global Programs; and Programs in Educational Communication & Technology.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 4:00pm
239 Greene Street, 8th Floor
Girls writing boyband fanfic on Wattpad, level designers for Little Big Planet, community organizers for professional wrestling fantasy leagues, screen casters for StarCraft, and knitters sharing Harry Potter inspired creations on Ravelry.com—these are all examples of young people finding their people and their thing through online affinity networks. The case studies in the Leveling Up project of the Connected Learning Research Network investigate what features of online affinity networks support productive and connected learning. The learning that young people are pursuing in these informal and interest-driven settings are part of a broader set of trends towards more demand-driven, social, and openly networked learning.
Mimi Ito is a cultural anthropologist of technology use, examining children and youth’s changing relationships to media and communications and is Professor in Residence and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Chair in Digital Media and Learning at the University of California, Irvine, with appointments in the University of California Humanities Research Institute, the Department of Anthropology, and the Department of Informatics. She is Research Director of the Digital Media and Learning Hub at UC Irvine and Chair of the MacArthur Research Network on Connected Learning.