The Media Education Lab goes to the Digital and Media Learning Conference!

Temple faculty and students participated in the 2nd Annual Digital Media and Learning Conference, held in Long Beach CA March 3 - 6, 2011. Professor Renee Hobbs, FMA graduate student David Cooper Moore and recent BTMM MA graduate Nuala Cabral offered a panel presentation titled, On Transgression, Trolling, and Cyberbullying at Home and in the Classroom.

Rationale. There has been increased interest in exploring the phenomenon of cyberbullying in the wake of several high- profile cases. The panel examined the relationship between online and offline transgressive behavior within classroom, social, and online networks. Participants discussed how conceptual and web-design structures, as well as particular forms of internal and external moderation, can limit, redirect, and in some cases productively shape unexpected behavior through digital media and online work into learning opportunities.

Relational Aggression Among Children and Teens Online: Renee Hobbs presented a qualitative analysis of relational aggression between online commenters at My Pop Studio ( and discussed implications for moderation styles in “child-friendly” online spaces that engage with occasionally provocative media material.

Asking Questions of Provocative Media in the Classroom: David Cooper Moore explored the use of provocative media materials in the course of media literacy instruction in a one-month summer enrichment program, and specifically focus on the role educators have in moderating and shaping delicate classroom conversations about mass media and popular culture.

Taking Cyberbullying Offline: Nuala Cabral described a case study about how a group of Philadelphia teenagers are exploring cyberbullying and relational aggression through collaborative research, performance, and multimedia activities. Her work frames bullying as a complex interaction between lived social experiences offline and corresponding hostile behavior online. She will discuss the potential and difficulties of dealing with cyberbullying by focusing on in-school social relationships and positive media production activities. 

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