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University Lecturer Receives Grant for Creating Digital Media Curriculum Around Wikipedia Application

Jennifer Kidd, a lecturer of educational curriculum and instruction in Old Dominion University's Darden College of Education, is one of 19 winners of the 2009 Digital Media and Learning Competition.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, which sponsored the competition, has awarded Kidd $88,000 for her project using Wikipedia-style templates to transform instructional environments.

Other grants were awarded for projects such as an online platform for 200 classrooms worldwide to analyze and share information about the declining global fish population, and a project that acquires low-cost laptops to help indigenous children in Mexico learn by producing and sharing their own media creations.

Kidd's project uses a wiki application and a suite of teacher-friendly template tools that help students work together to create and assess original Wiki-based texts. Known as WITTIE, the application helps teachers move to a student-centric approach to learning. Using WITTIE, students choose the content, write the texts and serve as primary evaluators of the texts they create, becoming designers of their own educational environments.

WITTIE will be piloted using two different case examples - a student-authored textbook in a higher education course, and the construction of a multimedia collaborative text on communities, written by K-12 students around the world.

The $2 million global digital media and learning innovation contest is administered by the Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Advanced Collaboratory, a virtual network of learning institutions.

The competition is part of MacArthur's $50 million digital media and learning initiative, which is designed to help determine how digital technologies are changing the way young people learn, play, socialize and participate in life.

Detailed information about the winning projects, including Kidd's, is available at www.dmlcompetition.net.

This article was posted on: April 21, 2009

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