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.

Patrick Gosetti-Murrayjohn fires imaginations with XML

Patrick on XML

Patrick’s teaching us about student work with XML, and the examples range from medieval precedents (not for XML, but for modular writing) and current connections with online environments such as Second Life. It’s all imagination, and inspiration: what gets the students’ creative juices flowing. I do need to know, however, what’s up with the little cat running around what I assume is the Linux taskbar on Patrick’s tablet PC.

In Case You Missed The Last Session

I noticed a lot of people left early, missing the session by Gardner and Patrick. A summary of the topics discussed can be found at my FacAcad Blog: