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UC's Regents Lecture: Howard Rheingold, "Social Media and Peer Learning: From Mediated Pedagogy to Peeragogy"

thumbnailJanuary 23, 2012, 5 pm
210 South Hall, UC Berkeley

Howard Rheingold is an independent scholar and currently a guest lecturer at Stanford’s Department of Communication. A writer and designer, he was among the first wave of creative thinkers who saw, in computers and then in the Internet, a way to form powerful new communities.

His 2002 book “Smart Mobs”, which presaged Web 2.0 in predicting collaborative ventures like Wikipedia, was the outgrowth of decades spent studying and living life online. An early and active member of the Well (he wrote about it in “The Virtual Community”), he went on to co-found HotWired and Electric Minds, two groundbreaking web communities, in the mid-1990s. He now teaches, writes and consults on social networking. His latest passion: teaching and workshopping participatory media literacy, to make sure we all know how to read and make the new media that we’re all creating together.

Howard Rheingold offers an abstract on what will be addressed in his UC Berkeley Regents Lecture: “My career-long compulsion has been to take new media to their limits. In the field of learning, this means developing a method of teaching and learning that amplifies the affordances of online media to depart from the millennia-old model of professor-lecture-texts-tests. The first stage of this evolution was the application of online media to classroom teaching. The second stage was the transformation of my teaching because of the affordances and biases of social media. The third stage was to move from blended learning that combines face to face classes and online engagement. The fourth stage was to deliver mini-courses that took place entirely online, with an emphasis on cultivating a community of co-learners. The next and most radical stage, which I hope to initiate with the Regent’s lecture and accompanying master-class and seminar, is to use the same media for a purely peer-organized pedagogy.”

This lecture is presented by UC’s Berkeley Center for New Media with support from the Regents’ Professorships and Lectureships Program. Co-sponsored by UC Berkeley School of Information.

UC Berkeley Regents’ Lecture: Howard Rheingold (Presented by Berkeley Center for New Media) from Berkeley Center for New Media on Vimeo.

7 Comments on UC's Regents Lecture: Howard Rheingold, "Social Media and Peer Learning: From Mediated Pedagogy to Peeragogy"

  1. I completely buy into this – in fact, it’s essentially how I teach my courses on Social Media & the Brand and Post Digital Marketing @ NYU’s Master of Science Integrated Marketing program here in NY.

  2. Fascinating, Howard, albeit a logical outcome of your recent trajectory. I think that this will create and leave a valuable body of reference work and further ideas to explore.

    I wish you well with this – it is much needed!

  3. It’s great that you have another opportunity to present your ideas for reshaping learning in a face-face presentation Howard. It this presentation going to be streamed? I would love to watch and/or participate!

  4. Howard Rheingold // 4 January, 2012 at 9:51 am //

    I don’t know whether the lecture will be streamed. I will find out. I assume it will be recorded. David, I’d love your participation via the online portion, which will take place in the Social Media Classroom.

  5. I’ll be happy to help if I can be of any use. Haven’t taught for years, but I get the theory.

  6. Hello Mr. Rheingold

    I read smartmobs and ensued a journey on doing a PhD in technology implications on consumer behavior. The ideas are brilliant and I would like to be a part of anything concerning smartmobs. Would you please advise how I can play a role too?



  7. Affordances?

    Here’s his evolution as I read it- from his own words: I’ve been able to successfully move my teaching responsibilities from being present in a daily classroom to having less and less actual contact with students. In this next phase, I will be able to totally remove myself from any actual work other than an occasional email transcript of some vague ideas and (let’s throw one in) constructs in which to keep the peer groups (of self-teaching mushy-headed young people just off balance enough to continue to look to me for more guidance. If it all works out well, I should be able to do this from some beachfront cafe.

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