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Call for Abstracts on Digital Media and Learning

The New Media Consortium and the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education, working in collaboration with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, are soliciting abstracts for chapters to appear in a series of volumes entitled The MacArthur Foundation Series on Digital Media and Learning. The MacArthur Foundation Series will explore the intersection of digital media and learning from the perspectives of experts, visionaries, and thought leaders chosen from across the globe. Authors whose chapters are selected for inclusion in these volumes will receive an honorarium for their contribution. The working hypothesis of the effort is that digital media tools have advanced significantly in recent years, enabling new forms of knowledge production, social networking, communication, and play. People who have grown up with access to these new digital tools are engaged in an unprecedented exploration of language, games, social interaction, and self-directed education that can be used to support learning. They are different as a result of this exposure to and use of digital media and these differences are
reflected in their sense of self, and how they express their independence and creativity, and in their ability to learn, exercise judgment, and think systemically.

Six volumes of such work will be published in the first year of the MacArthur Foundation Series, each with a unifying theme that addresses a critical aspect of this emerging field of study. The themes are Identity and Digital Media, Credibility, Digital Media and Civic Engagement, the Ecology of Games, Incidental Learning and Unexpected Outcomes, and Race and Ethnicity. These volumes are intended for an informed but wide audience. Each volume will include an introductory chapter by the editor, and 7-10 additional chapters that will explore the topics from a variety of perspectives. A summary of each topic is attached. Authors for the volumes will be chosen in a competitive process, with selections based on a peer review of an abstract of their proposed chapter. Submissions of abstracts are due April 28, 2006. Abstracts will be reviewed by a panel of scholars who will base their selections on the relevance of the content to the planned volume on the topic, the conceptual underpinnings and quality of the ideas represented in the abstract, the publication record or relevant expertise of the author in this area, and other related factors. Abstracts should be submitted by April 28, 2006. For more information, contact Dr. Larry Johnson, CEO; The New Media Consortium (NMC); Tel. 512.445.4200; Email johnson@nmc.org. Or contact Dr. Gary Lopez, Executive Director; Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (MITE); Tel. 831.642.9459; Email glopez@montereyinstitute.org. To read about how to submit an abstract, click on the link below.

SUBMITTING AN ABSTRACT

Interested authors should prepare an abstract of their proposed
chapter for review by the selection committee. Successful
chapter abstracts will describe “thought pieces” that seek to
illuminate a subset of issues involved in the topic, and will
provide the reader a clear sense of the conceptual framework
suggested for the chapter. Provocative, socially relevant
chapters with a broad appeal will be favored over more
traditional research-focused articles that present original data
but do not draw out the larger social implications of that data.

Abstracts should be prepared in an electronic format, preferably
MS Word, limited to 1500 words, written in English, and in a
style accessible to a broad but informed audience. A cover page
should clearly indicate which of the six topics the suggested
chapter would be part of, the proposed chapter title, a 50-word
synopsis of the proposed chapter, and complete contact
information for all authors.

To receive full consideration from the selection committee,
abstracts should be submitted via email to
MacArthur_Series@nmc.org no later than April 28, 2006. All
submissions will be acknowledged upon receipt.

SELECTION AND AUTHORING TIMELINE

The selection of the authors who will be invited to submit
chapters will begin April 29, 2006 and continue until the process
is complete, when all those who have submitted abstracts will be
notified of the results. Authors will be expected to participate
in online discussions based on accepted abstracts. First drafts
will be due August 15, 2006. Authors will be encouraged to attend
an expense-paid gathering of project participants in September.
Finished chapters of approximately 10,000 words will be due by
December 1, 2006.

AUTHOR AGREEMENT AND HONORARIUM

Authors of abstracts selected as contributors to one of the
MacArthur Foundation Series on Digital Media and Learning volumes
will be asked to sign an author’s agreement and will receive an
honorarium upon submission of the completed chapter as detailed
in that agreement. Contributing authors will retain ownership of
intellectual property related to and copyright of their works.

Amy Lang
Amy Lang is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the University of British Columbia. She wrote her dissertation on British Columbia’s groundbreaking Citizens’ Assembly process, and is currently doing follow-up research on the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly.

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