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We're not just consumers anymore – the New Media Literacies

There can be little doubt that the media landscape is tectonically shifting underneath our feet. The line between media consumer and media producer exponentially erodes as the tools to participate get easier and easier to use.

For educators, this raises all kinds of questions, one of the most fundamental being what skills are we going to need to develop, both in ourselves and in our students, to become fully literate in this media rich, participatory digital environment?

This video speaks to that question. Produced by Project New Media Literacies, part of MIT’s Comparative Media Studies program, the video outlines some of the 12 skills required to become active, contributing members of this participatory media environment and, by extension, our communities.

The 12 skills are outlined in a one page PDF document, and are taken from the 2006 white paper Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century by Henry Jenkins (et al.),Director of the Comparative Media Studies Program at MIT.

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CC BY 4.0 We're not just consumers anymore – the New Media Literacies by Clint Lalonde is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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Wrangler of learning technologies by day, Dad, cyclist, soccer fan and, lately, home roaster of coffee by night. INFJ. I am the Manager of Educational Technologies at BCcampus, working primarily on open education projects. This blog is a personal blog and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of BCcampus.