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November 3, 2009
Internet as Religion?
I don't agree completely with the orthodoxy as restrictive agent view of this post, but the question raised is worth thinking about: how strongly are existing ideologies (hold overs from a physical-based world) imposing restrictions on the development opportunities of the internet. Openness and transparency are important in teaching, learning, and connecting. But is orthodoxy the key problem? Or the way in which ideologies are embedded into systems...and refusal to change is a function of systems, not of orthodoxy? Jesse Hirsh, , November 2, 2009 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]
Visitors and Residents
Roy Williams has organized a presentation by Dave White on Wed, Nov 4 at 8 pm GMT (Time Conversion). The session will be held in elluminate. Dave White, , November 2, 2009 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]
Here's what course members from around the world had to say. Want to join the conversation? Submit your feed. Then put this at the beginning of your post: CCK09CCK09 Struggles in the theory of Science continued
These links are comments posted to the Moodle Discussion Forum, Week 8. If you want to participate in the discussion, but don't want to set up a blog, then you can post here.Openness
>Most people, however, are uncomfortable taking the risk of posting half-baked ideas publicly. (from the week 8 information page).
I am not uncomfortable posting my half-baked ideas publicly! What's to lose? It's just the internet, filled with half-baked ideas.
I suppose the interconnectivity age (IA) is most welcome by those that wish to share their thoughts, ideas, research, pictures, home videos, what they had for lunch etc. However, some individuals (and institutions) might like to keep research closed in order to benefit from the financial reward system that requires payment for (some of) the above. I'm content with both views.November 3, 2009
I posted something similar to this in the Intro to Emerging Technology class forums the same week we were making podcasts.
The problem is that I find myself torn: I'm both a producer of intellectual products (I won't use Intellectual Property for this conversation, just to avoid some of the legal baggage, but essentially you can say they are the same) and I am consumer of intellectual products.
I love it when things are free on the internet. I also know the value when I am using a $50,000 a year database through my university's library. Having digitized archive data of various kinds, I know how mind bogglingly slow and labor intensive that process really is. Four months in the National Archives in London netted me only 80 gigs of digital records (untranscripted and untranslated!). Professional databases represent terabytes of data, I have a hard time imagining the army of people working on them. Part of my tuition goes to paying for access to these hard won databases.
My tuition also represents the training I receive. This is intimately tied to the question of authority in education, but when the only thing you get to show for a decade + of debt and training is the degree on your wall and the stuff in your head it is hard not to feel defensive when other people want that stuff in your head for free.
Now I'm not suggesting anything crazy like billing my friends for dinner conversation, but for all that academics like to talk about making what they do open and free for everyone to see or read, there is also this "And someone else can go first!" mentality. There is a real fear that we might devalue the only product we have.
I actually unlinked one of my blogs from another. I had put a link to a blog I use to write about health issues on my 'individual' blog site. I found that a couple of people were going to my health blog from the 'individual' blog and commenting about a controversial topic - in fact, the management of H1N1 - I feel people have strong opinions and feelings about this topic. When we enact a role at work we have to accept certain rules and regulations of the system that we work within - regardless of personal attitudes - so I wasn't comfortable that people were making connections between some of my ideas as an individual with the role I enact within a body of health practitioners - even though I was using the 'individual blog for the purposes of professional development. I am obliged to follow the rules, regulations and laws of a larger group. The way that I express myself as a member of a body of health professionals is a lot more restrained - and necessarily so. So I was trying to find the right way to express myself online both as an individual and as a person who is a member of a group of health professionals - in the end I felt it was better to simply unlink the two blogs. So clearly people are still able to read both types of blog - but I have made a point of distinguishing between the individual and the group. I now work as a teacher but I guess the same sort of situation could arise for teachers too.November 3, 2009
I think Otto Scharmer makes a really good point about the divide between innovators and the administrators. One interesting thing is that there is often a mistrust between specialists and the people who manage them. I know I have heard my engineer friends complain that their managers don't manage well because they are not engineers. It seems like Scharmer is touching on a bigger problem there.
It does seem like a paradox that the people with the most innovative ideas are rarely the ones who have the power to implement them.
I wonder if even having done all this thinking on the subject and invested all the money into the certificate, how much will I be able to implement any of the ideas I have now into future classrooms? Professors have quite a lot of autonomy, but that often ends at the classroom door.
Thanks for the link!
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