My research is situated in the overlapping fields of New Media Literacy, Digital Composition Studies, and Maker Education. I am particularly interested in examining where and when learning takes place through new media production. New Media Production–from producing a video or podcast to composing code through Scratch–reflects the reality of our increasingly digital and collaborative literacy practices. As educators quickly re-envision their classrooms as 21st century spaces and incorporate new media practices into their classroom, it is important to first understand how learning takes place.
Youth Video Production
Nixon, J. (2021). Critique and the Video Production Classroom: Providing students the skills to navigate new media literacies. English Teaching: Practice & Critique. Vol. ahead-of-print (No. ahead-of-print). https://doi.org/10.1108/ETPC-07-2020-0070
Nixon, J. & Hanlon, M. (November 2019). Process of Illumination: Innovative Critique Practices for Collaborative Inquiry. Workshop to be presented at the National Council of Teachers of English Conference in Baltimore, MD.
Nixon, J., Monday, M., Estrada, E., & Mencher, R. (October 2019). Amplifying Youth Voices Through Video Production: An Interactive Workshop. Workshop at the Connected Learning Summit in Irvine, CA.
Hendricks, R., Nixon, J., & Tiedens, J. (April 2019). Click Youth Media. Presentation at the Wisconsin Public Television Education Innovation Summit.
Nixon, J. (March 2019). Re-positioning the camera: The language of action and reaction. Poster presentation at American Education Research Association in Toronto, ON.
Biebel, J. & Nixon, J. (August 2018). Finding authenticity through digital production. Play Make Learn Conference, Madison, WI.
Nixon, J. (June 2018). Critique processes in digital journalism. International Conference on Learning Sciences, London.
Nixon, J. (2018). Fostering critical awareness of literacy practices: How students make meaning through multiliteracies. Work-in-progress presentation at the National Council of Teachers of English Assembly for Research Conference in Towson, MD.
Nixon, J. & Caldwell, H. (2014). Remixing the self: Don’t tell me who I am. Popular Culture Association/ American Culture Association.
Stone, J., Caldwell, H., Nixon, J., Banker, M. (2014). Digital storytelling methods for experiential learning. ASTE, Alaska Society for Technology in Education.
Making, Makerspaces, and Creative Production
Nixon, J., Stoiber, A., Halverson, E., & Dando, M. (in press). “Making makers: Tracing STEM identity in rural communities.” Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research.
Nixon, J., Halverson, E., Stoiber, A., & Garbacz, A. (in press). “I played a song with the help of a magic banana”: Assessing short-term making events. Information and Learning Sciences.
Nixon, J., Halverson, E., & Stoiber, A. (2021). Exploring making through mobile emergent technologies: Makerspace education in rural communities (WCER Working Paper No. 2021-1). University of Wisconsin–Madison, Wisconsin Center for Education Research. https://wcer.wisc.edu/docs/workingpapers/WCER_Working_Paper_No_2021_1.pdf
Halverson, E., Douglass, A., Nixon, J. & Schindler, E. (2020). How educational technologies and communications technologies play a role in Arts and Humanities teaching and learning. Handbook of Research in Education Communications and Technology, 5th Edition.
Nixon, J., Stoiber, A., & Halverson, E. (April 2021). Making makers: Tracing STEM identity in rural communities. In S. Hsi (Chair), Mapping the Terrain: Designing, Supporting, and Understanding Maker Educators in Rural Communities. Symposium conducted at the American Education Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting.
Nixon, J., Halverson, E. R., Stoiber, A. & Dai, Z. (April 2020). “I Played a Song With the Help of a Magic Banana”: Understanding Short-Term Learning Events [Paper Session]. AERA Annual Meeting San Francisco, CA (Conference Canceled).
Nixon, J., Douglass, A., Schindler, E., & Wheeler, N. (October 2019). What’s Art Got To Do With It? Arts Integration Models as a Foundation for Connected Learning. Presentation at the Connected Learning Summit in Irvine, CA.
Douglass, A. & Nixon, J. (August 2018). I had the slime of my life: No, I never felt this way before. Connected Learning Conference, Boston, MA.
Nixon, J. (2017). Toward equity oriented spaces: Using digital storytelling in makerspaces. National Council of Teachers of English Assembly for Research.
Language Use and Discourse
Kallio, J. Dryer, J., Strikwerda, A., Nixon, J., Hackett, S., & Rawat, T. (August 2018). Developing conferring protocols for personalized learning. Play Make Learn Conference, Madison, WI.
Kallio, J., Nixon, J., Redmon, F., Bielmeier, & S. Dryer, S. (2017). Design for emerging practices in personalized learning. Presentation at the 8th Annual National Convening on Personalized Learning in Milwaukee, WI.
Nixon, J. (2017). Peer conferring protocol: Personalization in practice. Poster Presentation at Play Make Learn Conference in Madison, WI.