A Participatory Culture


Henry Jenkins is a leading expert on participatory culture. In this video he explains what participatory culture is and shares how he sees it encouraging and creating opportunities for learning and civic engagement.


Introducing Module 2 (Weeks 4-6)

​​Module 2 interweaves learning and assessment over Weeks 4-6. It introduces you to the concepts of production centred learning and participatory cultures, and aims to:
* provoke your thinking about who and what comprises a connected learning environment – what are the purposes, benefits and challenges?
* support your participation the LCN600 community of connected learners and beyond
* enhance your use of of digital tools and social media for connected learning

Connected learning communities are based upon a participatory culture. Actively producing, contributing, remixing, sharing and redistributing information and resources, and developing relationships developed upon reciprocity are foundational activities of connected learners, and are essential to participatory culture.

It is reciprocity and the idea of participatory cultures which differentiates a connected learning environment such as a personal learning network (PLN) from other online representations and engagement.A participatory culture is based upon multi-directional communication channels. It goes beyond simply creating products for commercial gain, and is dependent upon the production and contributing of information and resources for the love of creation and the desire to share with others.

Participatory Culture flickr photo by mrkrndvs shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license

Plan for Module Two

Week Four

Module 2 Readings

Assignment One and Assignment Two guidelines

Henry Jenkins on Participatory Culture

Participatory culture – What, Why and How – this is a PDF slideshow. There is no sound.  The questions in the slideshow might be useful to help view Participatory Cultures in light of how we practice learning and teaching.

Participate in Week Four Tutorial on Collaborate Ultra

Assignment 1: Begin mapping your connected learning environment and thinking about the analysis

Assignment 2: Interact with your PLN – consider making a contribution! It need only be a like, a retweet or a comment of agreement with another person’s post. Start small, but make sure you start! 🙂

Engage with Creative Make #1 and share to the Padlet and maybe beyond!

Week Five

Module 2 Readings

Read through this Twitter Moment, which explores how to ‘feel the fear and do it anyway‘ when publishing publicly for the first time. This Twitter moment is a Twitter Conference presentation. Read more about this conference here.

Obvious to You

Participate in Week Five Tutorial on Collaborate Ultra – Tonight we welcome a guest speaker, Mr Rob Johnson, who completed this subject last year.

Assignment 1: Continue to refine your connected learning environment map and start planning your critical commentary to explain and justify key features of the connected learning environment you have mapped.

Assignment 2: Continue interacting and developing your PLN; consider what tools you are using and whether they are allowing you to connect broadly with others who share your professional interests.

Engage with Creative Make #2 and share to the Padlet and maybe beyond!

Week Six

Module 2 Readings


Participate in Week Six Tutorial on Collaborate Ultra – Assignment Q&A

Assignment 1:Review and refine your assignment ready for submission next week 🙂

Assignment 2: Reflect – have you used your PLN to assist you with Assignment 1? Did you discover any useful resources, journal articles or people with certain expertise who could advise and support you?

Engage with Creative Make #3 and share to the Padlet and maybe beyond!

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