Learning is most effective when systems are designed to help learners find, create, and/or repurpose significant content for the value of themselves and others. Technologies that make it easy to generate content in forms that are easy to manipulate or reuse make remixing much easier by:

  • Creating places where authors using the tool can share their work with others
  • Making it easy to cite the work of others seamlessly and connect directly back to the original work
  • Creating file formats that make it easy to share an remix

We give creating and remixing assignments to help our students apply what they have learned and to help them understand its connections to disciplinary work outside of academia.


Students create social media posts to tell the story of a current event in Hamza’s course. They understand how primary texts are woven together by creating their own, and how shared text often has an agenda by adapting texts around specific events to slant them to a specific point of view by trying to adopt one. Because they are adapting and remixing as they create, they are purposefully reproducing and understanding how social media functions. Through linking, they connect the reader back to original creators.

Breadth of Options (3E)

Below are examples of using learning technologies to encourage students to create or remix. For more examples of using learning technologies under the 3E Framework, see Illustrative examples of using learning technologies with the 3E framework.




Students create social media posts to tell the story of current events and share them with the instructor and others in the course.

Students compile their collection of posts into a resource they can all access and share as they choose.

Students use the research they’ve done around the current events to create a public facing resource explaining how information about the event(s) are described and interpreted on social media.

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