DML: The New Co-Viewing: Supporting Learning through Joint Media Engagement


This workshop will draw together conference participants for a structured, interactive discussion of joint media engagement (JME) through new technologies. Building upon the DML Hub-sponsored New Coviewing/Joint Media Engagement Workshop to be held in November at Northwestern University, this conference session will share information about the outcomes of the November workshop and will open the discussion of the New Coviewing/JME to a larger group of participants within the DML community. The conference workshop will facilitate discussion about the following questions:

● How do social, cultural, economic, and design factors support or inhibit co-participation with digital media in different contexts, including families, classrooms, and informal learning spaces?

● What are the relationships between the affordances of certain platforms (e.g., mobility, connectivity, asynchronicity) and possibilities for learning through JME?

● What can digital media designers do to ameliorate gaps in access to opportunities for JME?

● And, what research and design methods are being employed or should be employed to better understand different modes of co-participation and their relationships to learning?

Format : The workshop will engage participants in analyzing video examples of co-participation with digital media including ebooks, video games, and online media. Workshop facilitators will lead participants in an activity focused on identifying design features of technologies and learning environments that support or inhibit co-viewing/JME. Participants will work together to identify best practices in using new media technologies to support young people’s learning across contexts. The outcomes of the workshop will include a collection of examples, best practices, and research questions that can contribute to ongoing theoretical and empirical work around joint media engagement.

Relationship to conference theme/subthemes: 
This workshop will connect a longstanding line of research about co-viewing and adult mediation of children’s media use to questions of interest in the new media environment, including the design of new technologies and learning environments. Although co-viewing media is not a new concept, the ways in which new technologies such as iPads and networked games facilitate connections between children and adults have important differences from other forms of joint engagement that we are only just beginning to observe and understand. Further, as JME works against trends toward individualization and privatization in media consumption as well as in education, it can be viewed as an alternative/emergent approach to media use as well as to the integration of media and technology in learning environments.