Date: Thursday 12 May 2016 from 3:30 to 5:00pm

Venue: RMIT Design Hub, Level 10, Pavilion 1, Melbourne

This roundtable discussion focuses upon a recent e-Learning initiative emerging out of the Why We Post project led by Professor Daniel Miller. Funded by the European Research Council, Why We Post examined uses of social media across eight countries. Part of the intention of the project was to make research findings easily accessible to a worldwide audience over digital platforms which resulted in developing an e-learning course for FutureLearn, making short films and publishing open access books.

Moderated by John Postill, three members of the Why We Post team – Daniel Miller, Jolynna Sinanan and Sheba Mohammid – will discuss the design and development of the course based on fifteen months of ethnographic research in diverse field sites. Specifically they will reflect upon the production of videos in each field site in collaboration with research participants, stories of individuals and wider discoveries on uses of social media in relation to themes such as education, politics and inequality. Andrea McLagan will compare the Why We Post initiative with ongoing MOOC developments at RMIT and beyond.

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