Mimi Ito: Geeking out and Leveling up: How Gamers, Fans, and Makers Learn through Affinity Networks @ 239 Greene St., 8th floor

10/22/2014 4:00 pm – 10/22/2014 5:30 pm Lecture by Professor Mimi Ito, UC-Irvine Girls writing boyband fanfic on Wattpad, level designers for Little Big Planet, community organizers for professional wrestling fantasy leagues, screen casters for StarCraft, and knitters sharing Harry Potter inspired creations on Ravelry.com—these are all examples of young people finding their people and their thing through online affinity networks. The case studies in the Leveling Up project of the Connected Learning Research Network investigate what features of online affinity networks support productive and connected learning. The learning that young people are pursuing in these informal and interest-driven settings are part of a broader set of trends towards more demand-driven, social, and openly networked learning. Hosted by the NYU Departments of Media, Culture, and Communication; and Teaching & Learning; Steinhardt Office of Global Programs; Programs in Educational Communication and Technology. Mizuko Ito is a cultural anthropologist of technology use, examining children and youth’s changing relationships to media and communications and is Professor in Residence and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Chair in Digital Media and Learning at the University of California, Irvine, with appointments in the University of California Humanities Research Institute, the Department of Anthropology, and the Department of Informatics. She is Research Director of the Digital Media and Learning Hub at UC Irvine and Chair of the MacArthur Research Network on Connected Learning. This talk is co-sponsored by the Departments of Media Culture and Communication, Teaching and Learning, and the Educational Communication and Technology programs at MAGNET.