Empathy and Uncanniness in The Enemy VR experience

Inside a modern gallery building with ample rooms, white walls, and  skylights, one encounters fighters from three long standing armed conflicts: Israel-Palestine, el Salvador, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Combatants appear in pairs at clean and well lighted rooms.  Each room correspond to one of the conflicts, and the two fighters that appear […]

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New Literacies and the Need for Bridging Formal and Informal Learning Environments (part 3)

A learning environment for the 21st century should mix methods, and practices from the worlds of formal and informal education. It should be participatory, democratic, open, dialogic, multicultural, interactive, networked, dynamic, collaborative, descentralized, student-centered, immersive, and contextual. This learning environment requires an innovative pedagogy that fosters applying constructivism, multimodality, project-, process-, and inquiry-based learning, critical […]

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New Literacies and the Need for Bridging Formal and Informal Learning Environments (part 2)

Technical and Mindset Shifts Across several books and articles, Lankshear and Knobel have conceptualized the new literacies as social practices that have “new technical stuff” and “new ethos stuff.” On the one hand, the “new technical stuff” is related to the new kind of expressive media tools that are available to people such as personal […]

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New Literacies and the Need for Bridging Formal and Informal Learning Environments (part 1)

In the contemporary context of cultural, historical, economical, and societal transformations, the design and practice of learning environments is changing both in formal and informal education institutions. Despite the multiples barriers that a school system rooted in 19th and 20th centuries industrial paradigms offers, innovative educators are designing and implementing responsive learning environments to support […]

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Diversity and Inclusion in Online Platforms: The Case of Wikipedia

Inclusion and diversity are some of the democratic values that Internet developers,  entrepreneurs, researchers, and technologists have tried to foster since its early origins. Allowing anybody to access knowledge and information, and expand her communication capabilities, independent of any gender, racial, or socioeconomic markers, has been embedded in the discourse of Internet tools and platforms. […]

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Lessons from the Peace Negotiations in Colombia: President Santos in Conversation

The peace negotiations between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People’s Army (FARC–EP)  and the Colombian government ended on an agreement last August 24, 2016.  After four years of peace talks and working meetings, and despite the disbelief of a large sector of Colombian public opinion and the opposition of right wing political parties, a deal […]

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The Struggle for Re-Descentralizing the Web

Due to the consolidation of privately owned corporate platforms and their massive adoption around the world the Web is becoming more and more centralized. The current networked communication environment is dominated by privately owned spaces that mediate most of our interactions online. Although this environment gives the impression of a vast open public space where […]

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