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Co-Creation and Viral Learning

Author: Helen Keegan

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Defining Co-Creation and Viral Learning

The rise of participatory digital media and online social networking has furthered the blurring of boundaries between production and consumption and formal/informal learning. Participatory media provide an opportunity to reimagine learning through viral and co-created learning experiences. Participatory pedagogies disrupt traditional models of education through encouraging learners to forge their own path through the curriculum in collaboration with others, such as peers or experts/novices in online and offline networks.

At the curriculum-level, rhizomatic models such as Community as Curriculum (Cormier) can be seen as (the ultimate) disruption, in the sense that the curriculum is not just “no-longer-defined-by the ‘expert’”, but emerges through participation and active engagement with others. Less controversially, ‘emergence’ (Mackaness) is a useful concept from which to explore learner and community driven experiences where ideas might spread (Jenkins et al) and learners are empowered/motivated to drive their own learning in collaboration with others through co-creation.

In essence, the ideas in this theme focus on active engagement and empowering learners to drive their own learning and (to some extent) curriculum through participatory pedagogies…

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