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.
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.
Four Conclusions from the 2017 Enterprise IT Summit by Betsy Reinitz
Nothing amazing to share here, but relationships and partnerships between technology and the other department and roles of the institution continue to be at the forefront of almost any discussion.
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.
Heroes preparing to make the leap by Lars Vogdt
Some really great infrastructure updates for the openSUSE community. Thank you to everyone involved!d