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Wesch publishes, is publicized

Wesch Academic CommonsAssistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology and U.S. National Professor of the year Michael Wesch continues to impress educators and lay-people alike worldwide. On Jan. 7 his article “From Knowledgable to Knowledge-able: Learning in New Media Environments” was published in the Academic Commons Magazine, and on Jan. 12 an article about his background and teaching methods was published in the Christian Science Monitor.

After first making a name for himself on the international stage with his hit YouTube videos, Wesch is pushing forward by sharing his teaching methods with the masses. In “From Knowledgable to Knowledge-able,” he argues that new media environments force us to rethink the classroom because information acquisition can no longer be the prime motive in our lecture halls. Instead, he suggests that students need to be able to “find, sort, analyze, share, discuss, critique, and create information.” In essence, as the title implies, the shift is from becoming “knowledgable” to becoming “knowledge-able”.

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Wesch’s “portal to media literacy” video presentations online

If you missed Michael Wesch’s “A Portal to Media Literacy” presentation last week, you can catch it in these video versions online:

  • TechBytes video of “A Portal to Media Literacy” presentation Oct. 30 at Kansas State University (1 hour, 14 minutes; requires a media player)
  • YouTube video of “A Portal to Media Literacy” presentation June 17 at the University of Manitoba (1 hour, 6 minutes)

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