Wednesday, June 30
5:30 PM-7:30 PM
UTC
Metro East/Centre

Understanding Social Media Ecologies for an Emergent Art Education through the Modeling of a Facebook Community

Poster/Demo ID: 30532
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    Heather Hughes
    Penn State University

Abstract: Investigation of the uses and meanings of social media for education and research are critical for teaching professionals in the twenty-first century. This paper presents aspects of an ongoing study of how members of an arts-based social network on Facebook co-construct and negotiate their experiences in community through hypermedia, and what these experiences mean to them. Virtual ethnographic methods and activity theory are used to collect and analyze data from participant interviews and site observations, which reveal how the affordances of social media enhance and extend community participation while altering institutionalized boundaries of traditional modes of education. A model of community-curated curriculum is developed, with implications for emergent pedagogies in the context of digitally-networked art education.

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