#engageMOOC – The Schedule

Hear ye, hear ye…

Our pop up MOOC – Engagement in a Time of Polarization (#engageMOOC) – starts…MONDAY.

It’s only two weeks long, so sign up right here STAT and feel free to dip in & out however much works for you. There will be four topics over the two week run, some video interviews with people waaay cooler than us, one core provocation or reading for each topic, and one live hangout per topic. Plus some background readings for the keen amongst us…and some Twitter chats.

Here’s the schedule. Mark your calendars. Sign up: it all goes live Monday.

We’ve been thrilled with the uptake so far and encourage anybody half-thinking about it to just…join in! You can participate via the discussion boards, OR in the open – every topic will have a challenge we post publicly. You can engage through blog or video responses and post using the hashtag #engageMOOC. Contributions to the hashtag will be gathered and shared back to participants: we’re hoping for some distributed discussion, and welcome participants to open up new channels, too, as you wish.

The Monday Feb 12th intro hangout is a provocation in and of itself…we’ll be debating “Does engagement even matter today…and why?” Sign up or watch the hashtag to view live & throw in questions. See you there. ūüôā



Engagement in a Time of Polarization: An #Antigonish2-style Open Course

‚ÄúThe serious threat to our democracy is not the existence of foreign totalitarian states. It is the existence within our own personal attitudes and within our own institutions of conditions which have given a victory to external authority, discipline, uniformity and dependence upon The Leader in foreign countries. The battlefield is also accordingly here ‚Äď within ourselves and our institutions.‚ÄĚ
(John Dewey, 1939)

Thursday, the FCC voted to end #NetNeutrality.

Okay, I’m in Canada. But most of the platforms and providers I use – for my teaching, my professional presence, my research, my entertainment, and all the blurry spaces in between – are not. They’re primarily US platforms.

So the repeal and what it means for education concerns me – even up here in the Maritimes – as a scholar, a higher ed professional, and a member of society.

(Sure, the open internet is a TERRIBLE platform for speech and justice. Point. But as Tressie McMillan-Cottom states very clearly, “the end of net neutrality also means the regulation-by-capital of online spaces where minority groups shut out of traditional media, politics, and economies have thrived.” So things are only set to get more stratified from here on out. That’s a problem.)

It’s not a problem any of us has a tidy solution for. But. Maybe it’s time to announce that some of us are convening an open conversation to try to grapple with some of what’s at stake: politics and polarization and participatory models for engagement and change.

From February 12-26, 2018, Dr. Natalie Delia Deckard and myself will facilitate a two week “pop-up MOOC” on EdX, with Davidson Now.

We want to invite you to join us.

Engagement in a Time of Polarization will be a discussion as much as a course, with provocations and live hangouts with leaders of this cultural conversation of the moment. Mike Caulfield, Chris Gilliard, Kris Shaffer, and (hopefully) Zeynep Tufekci will all join us, supported by Davidson’s Sundi Richard and staff, faculty, students and alumni. And all of you. ūüôā

It’s the next step for #Antigonish2, as a concept and a network. We’ll explore some of the history and legacy of adult ed participatory engagement, then dive into what this means today, across education, government, and media.

Registration on EdX will open soon. If you want to be notified, sign up for the #Antigonish2 mailing list using the form on the sidebar to your right, and I’ll be happy to let you know when we’re open for engagement.

All welcome. Please share.

Media Literacy | Community | Citizenship

Welcome to Antigonish 2.0. 

#Antigonish2 is about community capacity-building through a lens of citizenship and media literacies. It’s a global, networked project, working to build an open resource hub AND¬†a model for community adaptation…anywhere, anytime.

It’s based in¬†the pioneering adult education tradition of the Antigonish Movement, rooted¬†here in Maritime Canada.

#Antigonish2 started as a grass-roots response to¬†a blog¬†post¬†in late 2016. The¬†term “fake news” was gaining¬†currency and the role of media /¬†social media in contemporary democratic processes and outcomes was becoming visible. Just as the Antigonish Movement focused on people¬†exerting collective action within and on the¬†structures shaping their society,¬†#Antigonish2 focuses on the structures shaping ours.

It’s a¬†three-layer global/regional/local¬†model for working together to address the current¬†information ecosystem:

The #Antigonish2 network now has more than 80+ members (updated: 125+) ¬†from all over the world. We’re working on grants and on building our visibility¬†and capacity. We want to encourage both individuals and institutions to¬†join in¬†this vision of working together to¬†build media & civic literacies.

If you want to contribute your energy¬†& ideas to making this happen,¬†please subscribe to #Antigonish2 via¬†the SignUp on the top right of the sidebar: let us know your name, your email, and where in the world you’re based. And welcome! ¬†There’s work to do.