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John Dolan

Social Media's Slow Slog Into the Ivory Towers of Academia - 2 views

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    Underpinning a disdain for social media in higher education is the assumption that incoming students have an inherent aptitude for new technologies "If you took a soldier from a thousand years ago and put them on a battlefield, they'd be dead," Howard Rheingold, a professor teaching virtual community and social media at Stanford University, told me one morning via Skype.
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    A shoutout to Chris Long for finding this first!
Cole Camplese

Be The Curator of Your Favorite Topic! | Scoop.it - 2 views

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    Looks very interesting. Might have to give this a try.
Cole Camplese

What if he is right? - 2 views


  • The printing press brought about a radical change. People began getting their information primarily by seeing it -the printed word. The visual sense became dominant. Print translates one sense-hearing, the spoken word-into another sense sight, the printed word. Print also converts sounds into abstract symbols, the letters. Print is or derly progression of abstract, visual symbols. Print led to the habit of categorizing-putting everything in order, into categories, "jobs," "prices," "departments," "bureaus," "specialties." Print led, ultimately, to the creation of the modern economy, to bureaucracy, to the modern army, to nationalism itself.
  • People today think of print as if it were a technology that has been around forever. Actually, the widespread use of print is only about two hundred years old. Today new technologies-television, radio, the telephone, the computer-are causing another revolution. Print caused an "explosion"-breaking society up into categories. The electronic media, on the other hand, are causing an "implosion," forcing people back together in a tribal unity.
  • . There will be a whole nation of young psychic drop- outs-out of it-from the wealthy suburbs no less than the city slums. The thing is, all these TV-tribal children are aural people, tactile people, they're used to learning by pattern recogni tion. They go into classrooms, and there up in front of them are visual, literate, print-minded teachers. They are up there teaching classes by subjects, that is, categories; they've broken learning down into compartments -mathematics, history, geography, Latin, biology-it doesn't make sense to the tribal kids, it's like trying to study a flood by counting the trees going by, it's unnatural.
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  • "Well . . . they're all working from very obsolete premises, of course. Almost by definition."

    By definition?

    "Certainly. By the time you can get a thousand people to agree on enough principles to hold such a meeting, conditions will already have changed, the principles will be useless."

    McLuhan pulls his chin down into his neck. The Hayakawa conference . . . disappears.
  • One thing that drew them to McLuhan was his belief in "generalism" -pattern recognition. McLuhan, for example, dismisses the idea of university "departments," history, political science, sociology, and so forth; he considers all that obsolete and works in four or five of the old "fields" at once. It is all one field to him.
  • from The New Life Out There by Tom Wolfe (c) 1965 The New York Herald Tribune
Cole Camplese

WordPress at TLT Labs | Home - 1 views

  • This site is being used to explore to affordances of WordPress as a platform as it relates to teaching, learning, and research. We are just getting started, so expect things to change rapidly or to encounter the occasional glitch. You can use the “Log In” link in the horizontal menu bar at the very top of the page to get started.
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    Exploring WP as a platform to support new teaching practice.
Allan Gyorke

Campus Technology article about ePortfolios at PSU - 2 views

  • Evolving the E-Portfolio at Penn State

    Pennsylvania State University's foray into e-portfolios started about 10 years ago, when static Web pages were used to store and display online versions of student resumes. Fairly innovative for their time, these early e-portfolios gave way to more dynamic versions of themselves a few years back as the university began rolling in Web 2.0 technologies.

    "When blogs, social networking and other interactive technologies came along, we tweaked our e-portfolio initiative," said Jeff Swain, innovation consultant for the university. "We wanted students to be able to develop interactive, online portfolios that would be able to stay and grow with them throughout their college careers, and beyond."

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    Article in Campus Technology about our ePortfolio initiative (content thanks to Swain)
Allan Gyorke

Rubrics for Web 2.0 Assignments - 1 views

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    A collection of examples of rubrics used for assessing Web 2.0-based assignments (Twitter, Blogs, Wiki, Podcasts, multimedia, gaming, etc...)
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    This is a good starting point to share with faculty and IDs who are looking for ways to assess assignments in new media. It should only be a starting point though. Not every blog/twitter/multimedia assignment is created equally.
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