Audrey Watters - Attending to the Digital

The transcript from a presentation by Audrey Watters at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California. She was invited to talk about digital discourse as part of their launch of a domain-of-ones-own initiative. What a fantastic way to launch such a thing1. Read the entire thing. Building on Postman, Chaucer, Caulfield. Nice. In part, I find that those who want to dismiss such a thing as “digital distraction” tend to minimize the very real impact that new technologies do have on what we see, what we pay attention to....

October 22, 2016 · 2 min

Babb et al. (2010). Constructing communication in blended learning environments: students’ perceptions of good practice in hybrid courses

Babb, S., Stewart, C., & Johnson, R. (2010). Constructing Communication in Blended Learning Environments: Students’ Perceptions of Good Practice in Hybrid Courses. MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, 6(4), 735–753. Notes: p.736: Technology alone cannot create an effective learning community without the support of theory to fortify the course design — Highlighted Jan 30, 2016 p.736: Students in hybrid courses also feel a stronger sense of community with their classmates and professor when compared with both traditional and online students (Rovai & Jordan, 2004) — Highlighted Jan 30, 2016...

January 31, 2016 · 1 min

Roulet (1990). Using the interact system model to analyze computer mediated communication during a small group problem-solving task

Roulet, G. (1990). Using the interact system model to analyze computer mediated communication during a small group problem-solving task. Proceedings of the Third Guelph Symposium on Computer Mediated Communication, 168–180. Notes: p.170: This model, an outgrowth of general system theory, “treats units of communication, rather than human beings, as components of a small group system” — Highlighted Jan 30, 2016 p.170: Each message has two dimensions, a content or task component and a relational factor....

January 31, 2016 · 1 min

the voice of reason

It's a really damned scary place, where I'm the one speaking calmly and acting as the voice of reason. It's happened rather more frequently than I'm comfortable with lately, both online and off. I don't know if it's "the economy", or the shorter days, or something else, but some people seem to have collectively lost their sense of rationality and humour. If you read a post by someone online, don't jump immediately to paint them as EVIL!...

November 21, 2008 · 2 min