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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Zombies in Revolt

Stories of ghosts and appearances of the dead are common in Cartagena de Indias. Virgins, pirates, saints, and deceased international personalities have appeared on walls, basements, alleys, and other public and private spaces of the city since colonial times. In June of 2009 I was shocked by the news about the apparition of phantom of […]

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