Digital Ethnography

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    Smile Because it Happened

    “Smile Because it Happened” is the latest project to come from our Digital Ethnography class (ANTH 677: Digital Ethnography Field Methods). We have become known for finding “community” where many people thought community would not exist. Until now, the communities we have studied were online. This project represents our first...
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    An education revolution beckons in the digital age

    By Joe Robertson – Kansas City Star Are we ready to quit letter grades? Dump standardized tests? Turn inside-out the role of schools as the authorities of knowledge? While educators try to imagine it, students who’ve already freed themselves are galloping through the digital world. At their best they are...
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    YouTube and the Quest for Audience

    Reposted from Anthropology News Contributing Editors Nathalie Boucher and Martin Lamotte An anthropological introduction to YouTube is a 40-minute YouTube video of a presentation by Michael Wesch of Kansas State University. The presentation, given at the Library of Congress in 2008, provides an overview of two years of research on...
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    Gardening on Solsbury Hill

    This past week at the Educause Learning Initiatives conference I had the pleasure of reconnecting with my good friend Gardner Campbell. Every time I meet up with Gardner I am faced with a rush of epiphanies. It is as if he really were a gardener, churning up the soil of...
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    Why Good Classes Fail

    This is a quick little essay about why a teacher can employ all the “right methods” (pick your buzzword: student-centered, learning-centric, participatory, collaborative, problem-based, etc.) and embrace all the most rich, compelling, and engaging technologies, and still fail. This is an essay in the true sense of the word (which...
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    A Tech-Happy Professor Reboots

    A Tech-Happy Professor Reboots After Hearing His Teaching Advice Isn’t Working by Jeffrey Young, The Chronicle for Higher Education Michael Wesch has been on the lecture circuit for years touting new models of active teaching with technology. The associate professor of cultural anthropology at Kansas State University has given TED...

About Digital Ethnography

Our work explores how humans use media, how media uses us, and how we can use new media to reveal our insights in new ways.

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