Monthly Archive for May, 2006

Proud Papa

The Posters

The fatherly grin gives it away. Gardner was quite proud of the 2006 Academies. The ITS’ presented him with framed posters of the Student and Faculty Academies from this year, and he was quite uncharacteristically 😉 speechless!

I finished the two days shaking my head that we actually topped last year. I want to say how proud I am to work with the people that I do, and how proud I am to serve the great Mary Washington Faculty. Thanks also to Jon Udell, Rachel Smith, and Cyprien Lomas for their outstanding contributions to our conference.

Provocative Question by Cyprien Lomas

Near the end of his session, Cyprien raised what was for me a very provocative question. He indicated that he wasn’t sure what to make of these digital, Web 2.0 tools, and he wondered whether or not they might amount to anything. Is this stuff merely a hobby, or can it enhance the practice of science?

Stray Thoughts from the “What is Web 2.0?” Panel Discussion

Cyprien: Could we ask our students: Go ahead and learn, but think about how you learned and what it means to you? Jon Udell: “Narrating your work.”

One principle of web 2.0 should be data portability.

Are we losing the self or our conception of the professional self, or is our professional identity merely changing?

Newspapers are a medium where the culture is to not cite primary sources.

Do we teach about economics or history or biology, or do we teach how to do economics or history or biology?

Transformation of our being consumers to producers of information.

In an increasingly transparent world, where are the boundaries?

Wiki Panel: Editing Each Other

Great comments and questions during the wiki panel this morning. One topic that came up was students’ comfort levels with editing each other’s work in the wiki. I’m intrigued by this, because while I find the idea of collaborative authorship fascinating (and I’m always dreaming about what the perfect collaborative writing tool would be), I myself have difficulty editing other people’s words in the wikis I participate in. One thing that occurs to me (which is probably pretty obvious, but only just now came to me) is how social relationships outside of the technology affect the ways in which people work in wikis.  Relationships among students probably play out in the wiki–and we have no way of knowing or controlling those relationships. Just another reminder to me that while the technology can augment and alter the ways we communicate, there are essential “human” hurdles that technology cannot flatten.