Presentation Details

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

From a Pedagogy of Discovery to a Pedagogy of Invention

Lila Pine.

The digitization of culture engenders dramatic shifts in artistic practices, cultural production, communication, community and identity. So far, there is no consensus about how to turn database information into knowledge or how to teach digital fluency. New media is in the process of inventing itself and new media students are engaged in that process of invention. Energized by the pedagogical possibilities native to new media and the central role of the image in the creative process, Gregory Ulmer, developed a ‘pedagogy of discovery’ grounded in a method he calls ‘mystory’.

Through a fusion of Paolo Freire’s ‘pedagogy of hope’ and Ulmer’s ‘pedagogy of discovery’, this workshop is designed for participants to locate themselves as ‘electrate’ people -- ‘writers’ in the context of a culture undergoing digitization. New media writing involves not just text but image, sound and graphics. That’s why Ulmer calls electracy an image apparatus -- it is to digital media what literacy is to print.

By the end of the workshop you will have composed one version of a mystory and discovered your ‘image of wide scope’, the first steps in becoming electrate.

This workshop will be of particular interest to those teaching new media, online writing, digital design and/or hypermedia.


Lila Pine  (Canada)
Program Director
New Media Option School of Image Arts
Ryerson Univeristy

Lila Pine is an artist, researcher and educator, currently Assistant Professor and Program Director of the New Media Option of the School of Image Arts at Ryerson University in Toronto; and Director of the Evolving Stories Project, also at Ryerson. She has conducted research for the Interactive Broadcast Development Group, of which she was a founding member. This work concentrated on the shifting narrative structures offered by different forms of interactivity both synchronous and asynchronous. The results of this previous research lays the foundation for her current research/art project – Evolving Stories. Lila’s work is concerned with issues of gender, memory and story. She is particularly interested in the impact of new media on narrative structures and the relationship between artificial and real memory. Her pedagogical philosophy is influenced by Paolo Freire (pedagogy of hope) and Gregory Ulmer (pedagogy of discovery). Lila's courses are designed for students to expand their fluency in new media, learn how to learn creatively, as well as become participants in the invention of new media. Lila lives with her daughter, partner, dog and three cats.

  • New Media
  • Electracy
  • Digital Culture
  • Image of Wide Scope
Person as Subject
  • Ulmer, Gregory

(60 min. Workshop, English)