yet another post about making distinctions

yet another post about making distinctions by Alan Jacobs

I have to move slowly with some of these things, because by and large my students mistrust and are deeply uncomfortable with such technologies. But all of them are, at least in potentia, pedagogically fruitful.

I know there is always talk about the new digital natives within the realm of higher education, but I think this paragraph hits on a good point. There is also a tendency to view things as inauthentic if they are not done well or there is no understandable benefit. Mistrust is a good word.

Bringing technology into pedagogy for the sake of technology can have limited or negative benefit. Intentionality, mastery, sound technology is important. If you’ve had to deal with something similar let me know at http://Bidtraining.com

resistance is futile, part zillion

resistance is futile, part zillion by Alan Jacobs

That’s where we are now with the true-believing digerati: there is no time at which it is legitimate to unplug. There are no good pedagogical reasons for focusing, for less than three hours per week, on learning to use codexes better. Everyone must conform to the all-digital-all-the-time regime!

I recommend reading the above article and remembering, it doesn’t need to be this way. It almost never has to be an “either-or” sort of question, but a question of the right tool for the right job, even within educational pedagogy.

Alan Jacobs puts it so well.

Trying Zotero for Research

I have been asked to write some short posts here on campus in the future and part of that work will include doing some scholarly research and utilizing it instead of just regurgitating my own personal thoughts and passing them off as useful and wonderful!

It had been recommended to me to try out Zotero for managing my research while I was in grad school, but I used Papers instead for my capstone project since it seemed to provide a really good experience across all of Apple’s device lineup. However, I have installed Zotero across my Macs and on work’s Surface Pro 4 and have decided to give it a spin to see if it will fit my needs while also being cross-platform.

Only downside so far? No installer for openSUSE.

OER Materials Drive Student Engagement and Savings, Study Finds

OER Materials Drive Student Engagement and Savings, Study Finds by Meghan Bogardus Cortez

There is much work to be done in researching both the benefits and the downsides to OER, but I feel like the largest hurdle will continue to be convincing faculty that it does not necessarily need to be more work to utilize OER than traditional textbooks.

However, that requires work from the community to collect and review materials already available.