Esra Ercan Bilgiç and Bilgimedya’s IP Partners Co-Presented at the ICCMTD

ICCMTD – The International Conference on Communication, Media, Technology and Design was held in Istanbul between 9-11 May 2012. Esra Ercan Bilgiç participated to the conference together with Bilgimedya’s IP partners, with their joint paper titled “From Convergence to Connectivism: Teaching Journalism 2.0”. Raoul Boers from Amsterdam University of Applied Science, Lars Rinsdorf from Stuttgart Media University and Robert W. Vaagan from Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Science are the other three co-authors of the article. The paper describes the main drivers of change in the news industry, discusses consequences for journalism and teaching, and offers an innovative didactical approach, which combines an interdisciplinary perspective with the concept of connectivism. The consequences of convergence that affect journalism education are inspected under three sub-topics: the changes in the curricula, the changes in the courses syllabi, and the changes in the technological infrastructures of the academic institutions. It is pointed out, that recognizing connections and patterns to develop novel ideas and concepts is the core skill for individuals today. The paper shows, how that approach could be realized in an international 10-day-intensive program. The intensive program that is expected to be funded by the Lifelong Learning Program of the EU will take place in Amsterdam in February 2013. Besides, the joint article is going to be published in the forthcoming October 2012 issue of the OJCMT  – Online Journal of Communication and Media Technologies.

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