- Mar 2016
Where academic Twitter once seemed quietly parochial and collegial almost to the point of excess, it is now thrust into the messy, contested business of being truly open to the public.
is being in the public the problem, or is it the change of the tone or format of discourse?
fully public honest but still civil discussions aiming at making a case, creating more awareness, finding solutions, or trying to understand, clarify, show genuine interest .... is better than a public fight .. right? or am I misunderstanding this?
It's sad. something that I never really expected to happen in educational circles, not at that level.
I think it happens on blogs too sometimes that it starts looking like the political discussions I come across under some articles.
Imagine having at least part of your virtual learning environment (VLE) open, not just for current students (and even current students usually can't see all the teaching that might be useful to them) but for non-students, prospective students, or staff members who want to know what's happening down the road, across the country, in that academic department that interests them. NetworkED 2020 Watch Donna at NetworkED 2020: The London University, as she asks 'what if all of London were a networked University?'There would be so much potential for seeing the different ways in which departments are teaching, for instance. Which departments of biology are doing what in their labs? What theoretical approaches are they taking?
This to me is more transparent than open where the world outside can see,
In this context open to me is more about connecting, communicating, learning together and from each other. it's people can walk in on their own or be invited in, people inside can go explore and visit others
Important: Open to me is much more than that still. I remember the Vconnecting we had during OpenEd15 : No consensus on what "Open" means yet.
This is traditional, of course, gatekeeping our institutions of higher education, keeping the gates in the walled campuses closed.
I think this is a state that developed over time not how education started with e.g. historically, in the muslim world learning and learning circles were open and free even "kottabs" in villages. (sorry for non Arabic speaking readers I will try to add links to what that is later :) )
It is not unique to higher education, This brings to mind the same question that I always get when I read about HE; why are discussions of education is always divided into k-12 and HE?
it's going to influence whether they think of the internet as a tool or a place.
or both .. hmmm I got used to making a distinction between the internet and the Web. I think here the "internet" is used to mean "the web". to me the internet is more of a tool the infrastructure for the Web which mostly a huge place full of places and paces of all sizes and privacy levels as well as tools
I'll read this again later but this is how I feel about it right now.
you don't have to teach the students how to use tech for their education. And, furthermore, it will never be possible to teach that faculty how to use that technology,
While form experience I know they are both erroneous assumptions I can't remember who started it and whether it was based on any research.
anyone has references?
Note to self : Check for background.
an expression that never matched my experiences and still doesn't and therefore has always baffled and annoyed me, but I thought may be it was a cultural thing