Center for Digital Learning & Research


February 25, 2010

Décalages, an online peer-reviewed journal focused on Louis Althusser, debuted last week, as the first Occidental College Scholar (OxyScholar) journal. This first issue is the result of months of hard work by Warren Montag, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Oxy, and an international editorial collective dedicated to the study of Althusser’s works.

According to the journal’s objective, Décalages aims to “establish a global community of those working on Althusser. Every essay submitted will be carefully peer-reviewed not with the aim of imposing a single interpretation of Althusser, but precisely to strengthen the diversity of views and encourage discussion and debate.”


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February 23, 2010

Liz Losh (from UC Irvine) just launch the first version of the Digital Higher Ed project, designed to make connections amongst those people working on innovative digital projects in Southern California.  The focus seem to be on what we tend to call the Digital Humanities, drawing connections between Lev Manovich and the Software Studies initiative, UCI's project on Networks and Enclaves, USC's Institute for Multimedia Literacy and Critical Commons, The Hypercities project led by Todd Presner at UCLA, and the MediaCommons system spearheaded by Kathleen Fitzpatrick at Pomona.  So far it is just links to these nodes and a few related... Read More

February 21, 2010

The Digital Media and Learning Hub hosted the First Annual Digital Media and Learning conference in San Diego this weekend. The conference, themed to emphasize "diversifying participation," brought together over four hundred participants interested in the relationship between technology, teaching, and learning across a spectrum of educational environments. With over sixty panels and workshops, this event featured not only the dozens of researchers who have been working on this MacArthur-funded enterprise over the past five years, but also graduate students, technologists, educators at many different levels, activists, and performers. As I understand it, this event was meant to kick off the second phase of the broad Digital Media and Learning project, moving from the focused efforts stimulated...

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February 16, 2010

The Networks and Enclaves conference recently held at UC Irvine endeavored to question the role of the University (and academics, and theory, and publishing) in the networked age.  This relatively intimate conference put in conversation an array of scholars and academic figures from a surprisingly broad international context.  The discussions covered a lot of ground over the course of a day and a half, ultimately culminating in a day two panel that considered access to information in the twenty-first century.  Although the speakers focused on familiar questions - copyright and creative commons, open-access publishing, the Google books settlement - the juxtaposition of these topics and the preceding discussion put into relief questions of how we should produce knowledge in the contemporary moment.  While the discussion unsurprisingly veered toward suggestions that information, articles, and... Read More

January 26, 2010

A handy reference chart from Cornell that details the complexities of copyright terms for many media products:

January 26, 2010

"The next time you're in your doctor's waiting room, visit the 'Talking With Your Doctor' page on Mobile MedlinePlus to learn how to get the most out of your visit."

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January 26, 2010

As we continue to champion and support open access and open process platforms and practices, I think it is also important that we are also operating with a sound understanding of the copyright and fair use provisions within which we need to operated.  I am in the process of pulling together a number of resources, and will post a few here for everyone to look at.

As Patricia Aufderheide suggested at ELI, this is really an issue of standards that need to be worked out with practices, and that a solid strategy for moving forward is for communities of practice to establish and publish carefully-considered guidelines.  The Society for Cinema and Media Studies has created such guidelines, and I think this is a useful place to start.

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