Using Technology to Teach Contemporary Political Conflicts

March 31, 2010

4:00 pm – 5:15 pm

Thorpe Center, Ames Library

Can YouTube, Facebook, or Second Life teach us new ways of exploring the dynamics of protracted political conflicts, such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? The objective of this session is to explore new ways of using technology to expand our intellectual and pedagogical understandings of conflicts. For example: does Palestine exist in Second Life, and if so, what does it look like? What are the Israeli/Palestinian narrative representations on YouTube, and how can those skew American public opinion? What role, if any, does web 2.0 have to play in how we teach and learn about the dynamics of conflicts?

In this session, Ronnie Olesker , Assistant Professor of Government at St. Lawrence University, will present how she has incorporated the technologies above into her teaching about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in particular, and what avenues of further research she continues to explore. She will then facilitate a discussion on ways in which user-generated media can affect conflict dynamics and the way we teach conflict in the classroom.

This NITLE session, sponsored by The Ames Library and the Teaching, Learning and Technology Roundtable, is open to faculty, staff and students.

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