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Participatory Media

Code: ICPD0028     Acronym: MP

Instance: 2019/2020 - 1S

Active? No
Responsible unit: Department of Communication and Information Sciences
Course/CS Responsible: Third cycle of studies in Information and Communication in Digital Platforms

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
ICPD 0 ICPD - Study Plan 1 - 6 -

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical and practical : 3,75

Teaching language

Suitable for English-speaking students



The goals of this curricular unit include
  • To understand the changes in the role of users towards media – from consumer to prosumer; from traditional media to participatory media;
  • Understand the role of technological mediation in participatory media and the different levels of involvement and participation of users;
  • Discuss the main obstacles and opportunities arising from technological mediation in participatory media;
  • Identify the contexts of expression of participatory media;
  • Think critically about the future paths of the individual's participation in the creation, sharing and consumption of content.


Learning outcomes and competences

It is intended that the students achieve the following learning outcomes:

• Critical perception of the role of the individual towards media;

• Comprehensive understanding of the communicative dimensions of participatory media;

• Identification of the main participation support technologies and tools;

• Comprehensive analysis of the participation methods in media domains;

• Critical survey of the paths and future challenges of the participatory media.

Working method


Pre-requirements (prior knowledge) and co-requirements (common knowledge)



Historical introduction to the evolution of participatory media: Web (2.0), the social web and the role of prosumers;

The different levels of participation;

The technological response that enhances participation:

  • Technological solutions for participation mediation;
  • Use case analysis.

The challenges to technological mediation of participation:

  • Information and credibility;
  • Social gratification

Mandatory literature

Barney, Darin; The^network society. ISBN: 0-7456-2669-6

Comments from the literature

  1. Abreu J.F., Almeida, P., Teles, B. & Reis, M. (2013). Viewer behaviors and practices in the (new) Television Environment. In Proceedings of the 11th European conference on Interactive TV and video (EuroITV '13). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 5-12. 

  2. Almeida, Pedro, et al. "A video engine supported by social buzz to automatically create TV summaries." Multimedia Tools and Applications (2018): 1-19.

  3. Floridi, L. (Ed.) (2014), The onlife manifesto: being human in a hyperconnected era. Cham: Springer. 

  4. Jenkins, H., Itō, M., & Boyd, . (2016). Participatory culture in a networked era: A conversation on youth, learning, commerce, and politics.

  5. Keen, Andrew. (2007). The cult of the amateur : how today's internet is killing our culture. New York: Doubleday/Currency. 

  6. Shirky, C. (2011). Cognitive surplus: How technology makes consumers into collaborators. New York: Penguin Books.

  7. Siemens, G. (2014). Connectivism: A learning theory for the digital age. http://er.dut.ac.za/handle/123456789/69

        Other papers and resources will be added to the support platform.

Teaching methods and learning activities

The curricular unit has a theoretical and practical nature, based on two complementary components.

The theoretical component, in which concepts are presented and discussed, is focused on the multi-disciplinary discussion of the topics of the syllabus.

In the theoretical-practical component, the objective is the collaborative construction, in a group and through a collaborative writing platform, of a proposal to transform a non-participatory service into a participatory service supported on digital platforms.

The c iurricular unit is developed under a blended-learning approach through mediation by an e-learning platform and a social platform.

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation without final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Participação presencial 10,00
Trabalho escrito 80,00
Apresentação/discussão de um trabalho científico 10,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Apresentação/discussão de um trabalho científico 1,00
Estudo autónomo 60,00
Frequência das aulas 24,00
Trabalho de investigação 40,00
Trabalho escrito 37,00
Total: 162,00

Eligibility for exams


Calculation formula of final grade

The evaluation has three components:

• 40%-Group component;

• 40%-Reflective individual component;

• 20%-Presentations, discussions and online participation.


A group in a social network will be created to suport e-learning activities.
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