DML Conference Seeks Presentations on Equity in Education

Proposals for panel discussions, workshops and short talks are being accepted through Dec. 1, 2014 for consideration at the sixth Digital Media and Learning Conference, “Equity by Design.”

The conference, supported by the MacArthur Foundation and organized by the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub, will take place June 11-13, 2015 in Los Angeles. It is an annual gathering of scholars and practitioners in the field, focused on fostering interdisciplinary and participatory dialogue and linking theory, empirical study, policy and practice. The sixth annual conference — DML2015 — calls on all educators to promote equity in digital learning practices, and to engage in thinking of solutions for addressing educational opportunity gaps in today’s technological world.

“We will examine issues of equity, nationally and globally, across economically developing and developed countries and a range of settings and purposes in which rich, meaningful and relevant learning and engagement are reimagined,” said Kris D. Gutiérrez, professor of language, literacy and culture at UC Berkeley and DML2015’s chair. “We hope to dedicate special attention to the ingenuity and creativity that already exist in the everyday practices of groups often thought to be marginal to technology innovation and learning, including women and girls, nondominant families and communities in the U.S., and outside stereotypically high-tech regions. In addition to showcasing the most current research, the conference will engage participants in discussions, demonstrations, performances, screenings and designs that promote equity and address inequity.”

DML2015 will focus on these questions:

    • How do new technologies and networks offer solutions or exacerbate inequity?
    • How are different genres of engagement with technology intersecting with enduring forms of economic, cultural and social stratification?
    • How do we adapt public policy and educational practice to respond to the new challenges of promoting equity, given the ascendance of networked and informal modes of learning?
    • In what ways can equity become part of the logic of design, implementation and assessment?
    • How can we build more expansive discourses and representations of young people’s full cultural repertoires and digital media’s role in shaping new practices and opportunities?
    • What leading-edge design structures are needed to imagine new social futures for today’s youth?

Those interested in submitting a proposal to present at DML2015 are asked to apply online. For more information, visit

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About the DML Research Hub

The conference is produced by the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub. Affiliated with the University of California system’s Humanities Research Institute at UC Irvine, the Hub is dedicated to analyzing and interpreting the impact of the Internet and digital media on education and civic engagement. Its primary emphasis is on connected learning and emergent political practices — participatory politics — as well as initiatives such as, make-to-learn, and alternative credentialing (i.e., badges for learning). All its work, including original research, websites, publications, workshops and the conference, is supported by the MacArthur Foundation.

About the MacArthur Foundation

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant and peaceful world. In addition to selecting the MacArthur Fellows, the Foundation works to defend human rights, advance global conservation and security, make cities better places, and understand how technology is affecting children and society.