Networked Narratives 2021: Post Pandemic University

Emphasizing creativity and production-centered forms of learning, “Networked Narratives” (a.k.a. #NetNarr) is a playful connected learning environment for building digital skills and literacies.

The COVID-19 global pandemic has changed everything for everybody. As we struggle to continue learning in this context, an urgency about understanding our online lives (now truly our real lives?) has taken the foreground. While the playful spirit of #NetNarr always lives on, we will use this year’s collaboratory to focus profoundly on the ways we are shaped both individually and societally by technologies of surveillance, data mining, and algorithmic influence. We will ask questions about the role of care, digital citizenship and digital wellbeing, and the way we can build meaningful online community. And we will turn a proverbial page from last year’s examination of the Net Mirror to imagine a post-pandemic future for learning. Together, we dare to envision a new path forward.

Many students that are starting their path in higher education do not have a “normal” to re-cast as “new”. By default, they are at the leading edge of change, documenting, questioning, and shaping a future of education shrouded in uncertainty. As we look into the “Net Mirror” we will grapple with what is reflected back, and together, we will imagine a meaningful future for education. (learn more…)

What’s Happening

Course Updates

by Dr Zamora

    Our Wrap Up!

    So the time has come for us to synthesize our Post-Pandemic University dreams and nightmares in a brilliant collection of tiny tales. So much can be addressed with the power of a story, and so much can be laid bare with speculative fiction. Our collection of PPU tiny tales will be speculative-fiction-as-literature. Your micro- fictions […]


Making Media

by Professor Levine

    Speculative Microfiction Stories: The Specs

    We have worked our way through our topical discussions that should inform your final summary task. Here we get creative and will be crafting microfiction stories that can paint a picture about what the experience looks like in a near future Post Pandemic University. Speculative fiction implies the kind of stories we saw in the […]





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