Four Questions for Jennifer Rowsell About Empowering Students as Online Readers/Writers

Four Questions for Jennifer Rowsell About Empowering Students as Online Readers/Writers

My column on Empowering Learners in the Reader/Writer Nature of the Digital Informational Space was just published in Volume 58, Issue 2 of JAAL. In this column I make the case that educators have the opportunity to empower learners as not only readers, but writers of online information. To do this we need to move students (and ourselves) from content consumers, to content curators, to content construction.

As a supplement to this column I invited five experts to spend some time discussing the broader impact of the details presented. The end result are short video segments of the experts responding to four questions about the implications of this work. Down below you can find the questions and video from one of the sessions.

Four Questions for Jennifer Rowsell

Jennifer Rowsell is the Canada Research Chair in Multiliteracies and an Associate Professor in the Brock University Faculty of Education.

  • If we were to develop a classroom in which students could be empowered to read and write online text…what would it look like? 
  • In the column I use the word remix, or mashup…what are the ramifications of having students not only read, but teaching youth and young adults they can respond, re-write, or reconstruct information they read online?
  • How do we change policy and pedagogy to speak more to adolescents, teenagers, and adults? 
  • People say the only constant is change in technology and literacy. Is there any way teachers can prepare their learning space for these changes based on the principles of multiliteracies, multimodality, and design?

 

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1 Comment Four Questions for Jennifer Rowsell About Empowering Students as Online Readers/Writers

  1. wiobyrne

    Last week my first of four columns as Multiliteracies Department Editor for JAAL was published. The column, titled Empowering Learners in the Reader/Writer Nature of the Digital Informational Space discusses opportunities to move learners from readers to writers in the digital informational space.
    The Internet is the dominant text of this generation, and through intentional use it may provide opportunities for the critical literacy infused pedagogy. To empower students using the Internet we need to consider opportunities to move learners from consumers to producers of digital content. More to the point, we need to move learners from content consumers to content curators to content constructors.
    As a multimodal supplement to the column I assembled a group of experts and asked them four questions each about the column. You can review the videos below, and click through to learn more about each of the interviews.
    Four Questions for Jennifer Rowsell
    Jennifer Rowsell is the Canada Research Chair in Multiliteracies and an Associate Professor in the Brock University Faculty of Education.

    Four Questions for Margaret Hagood and Emily Skinner
    Margaret Hagood and Emily Skinner are Associate Professors in the Department of Teacher Education at the College of Charleston.

    Four Questions for Donna Alvermann
    Donna Alvermann is the Omer Clyde & Elizabeth Parr Aderhold Professor in Education and Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of Georgia.

    Four Questions for Don Leu
    Don Leu is the John and Maria Neag Endowed Chair in Literacy and Technology at the University of Connecticut. Don is also the director of the New Literacies Research Lab.

     
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