Potential for Educators and Learners
While there are critics who claim that this is the “dumbest generation,” or that we are wallowing in “the shallows,” transmedia storytelling speaks to many learners in a way that they understand and, when purposefully designed, can be an effective tool for all age groups and all learning environments. Being transmedia literate goes beyond traditional reading and writing and includes literacies such as finding, locating, organizing, using, understanding, summarizing, evaluating, and analyzing information. Students are placed at the center of the learning process by collaborating, interacting, and co-creating content. This approach immerses learners into a world where fragmented content converges and allows for information to flow fluidly from one media to the next, as well as across the curriculum. In addition to transmedia being a content delivery system, it seamlessly drives learning to extend beyond schools and into the community and beyond by allowing those who participate to enjoy having a stake in the learning process. Students and teachers communicate and learn from each other fostering a sense of community in which they feel personally invested.
Weaving together learning outcomes and objectives will create a transmedia universe within education where learning is immersive, innovative, and transformational. Content is important but the real power of transmedia is giving each and every child a place to share their stories with the world. Careful implementation of such techniques will provide an immersive and authentic learning experience from which all learners are sure to benefit.