In July 2014 the online Journal for Interactive Technology and Pedagogy released its fifth issue. Under the theme of Media and Methods for Opening Education the issue included my first piece on my digital, critical participatory action research (D+CPAR) project (and my dissertation): The Education in our Barrios Project, #barrioedproj. See the abstract below. For the complete article you can go here.

Digital Infrastructure is contested terrain.
This is a map of Free Wi-Fi locations in East Harlem

Edwin Mayorga
Swarthmore College


The Education in our Barrios project, or #BarrioEdProj, is a digital critical participatory action research (D+CPAR) project that examines the interconnected remaking of public education and a New York City Latino core community in an era of racial capitalism. This article is a meditation on the ongoing development of #BarrioEdProj as an example of strategically coupling digital media with the theories and practices of critical participatory action research (CPAR). The author describes the project and the theoretical and political commitments that frame this project as a form of public and participatory science. The author then discusses some of the lessons that have been learned as the research group implemented the project and decided to move to a digital archiving model when our digital media design was initially ineffective. The author argues that rather than dropping digital media, engaged scholars must continue to explore the potentially transformative work that can come from carefully devised D+CPAR.

Read the complete article here:

I am also a contributing author to another article in this issue of JITP:

The InQ13 POOC: A Participatory Experiment in Open, Collaborative Teaching and Learning