eLearning Trends Week 1: Stuff I read and what I think about it.

Since beginning last week’s readings, I’ve been thinking carefully about how each change model might apply to my current professional undertakings. I am currently an instruction librarian at a small university and have been at the front lines of what I consider to be a significant disruption that is unsurprisingly gradual. My current work directly relates to Everett Roger’s Diffusion Model as well as the facilitative conditions of Don Ely. The impact of technology on education runs concurrently to numerous other changes in colleges and universities such as shrinking budgets, increased enrollment (nationally), more first year students than ever before,…

Scholarly Critique 4: Gaming and Cognitive Style

In the research article “Students’ Reactions to Different Levels of Game Scenarios: A Cognitive Style Approach”, the authors focus on the impact of video game-based learning on students with differing cognitive styles. Using Pask’s schema of holist “whole to part” and serialist “part to whole” cognitive styles (Pask & Scott, 1972), their research process involved observing students of each cognitive style with a game featuring different presentation modalities (text, text with graphic, and context) and testing their ability to process the information (Zhi-Hong, Chen, & Chih-Hao, 2017, p.69). To conduct this experiment, the researchers designed an English vocabulary-focused game consisting…

Friendliness Pellets: Play Journal 4

This entry is about my gaming experience with Undertale­­­ and its unique characteristics that make for an especially satisfying experience. Despite my inconsistent and somewhat diminishing video-gaming habits, I have always had a fondness for role-playing video games (RPGs) and spent significant amounts of time playing them with my brother after elementary school. I discovered Undertale through social media in 2016 and felt determined to give it a try. Although I had an enjoyable experience, I was forced to abandon the game due to increasing professional and academic responsibilities and made a mental note to try it again when the…

In The Form of A Question: INTE5320 Play Journal 2

In The Form Of A Question: Jeopardy! World Tour For iPhone This entry is about my gaming experience with Jeopardy! World Tour for iPhone. In order to enhance the depth of my gaming analyses, I decided to select a game with more interactive characteristics such as competition with other players and a broader range of skill development (i.e. something more complex than completing a crossword puzzle). I have always been an avid fan of Jeopardy and (to the chagrin of my company) take pride in my vast amount of seemingly trivial knowledge. Despite my broad exposure to Jeopardy, I am…

Stuff I Read and What I Think About It: INTE5320 Cycle 2

Stuff I read: Stevens, R., Satwicz, T., & McCarthy, L. (2008). In-game, in-room, in-world: Reconnecting video game play to the rest of kids’ lives. The ecology of games: Connecting youth, games, and learning, 9, 41-66. What I think about it: The impact of video games on child behavior has prompted strong reactions in people (re: Parents). For several decades, the potentially adverse effects of playing video games dominates focus of the debate while paying relatively little attention to the potential of these games to serve as effective tools for learning. In the article “In-game, in-room, in-world”, the authors set out to research…

Stuff I Read & What I Think About It: INTE5320 Cycle 1

Brief Intro: INTE5320 is broken down into 8 two-week cycles. The first in the series, titled “Introducing Games & Learning”, focuses on content easily predictable by the title. Here is the return of “Stuff I Read” and I will continue to post these updates on a bi-weekly basis. My posts will also be more focused on one particular article in the form of a scholarly critique (or more, as called for). Stuff I Read:   Toward an Ecology of Gaming by Katie Salen (2008)  Situated Language & Learning by James Paul Gee (2004) -Chapter 1 & 5 Jeremiah Kalir (2016), Conclusion:…

Stuff I Read & What I Think About It: INTE5320 Cycle 1

Brief Intro: INTE5320 is broken down into 8 two-week cycles. The first in the series, titled “Introducing Games & Learning”, focuses on content easily predictable by the title. Here is the return of “Stuff I Read” and I will continue to post these updates on a bi-weekly basis. My posts will also be more focused on one particular article in the form of a scholarly critique (or more, as called for). Stuff I Read:   Toward an Ecology of Gaming by Katie Salen (2008)  Situated Language & Learning by James Paul Gee (2004) -Chapter 1 & 5 Jeremiah Kalir (2016), Conclusion:…

Play Journal for Cycle 1: NYT Crossword

This play journal is about The NYT Crossword Puzzle iPhone Application (henceforth referred to as “NYT Crossword”) and my interactions with the game as a learner/player. A crossword puzzle (print or electronic) consists of a series of enumerated connecting boxes that run across and down. Each numbered box corresponds with a clue for what word/letters should be filled in the box with topics ranging from academic disciplines to news to popular culture. As the player attempts to solve the crossword puzzle, they are required to employ knowledge from several topics and spelling skills.   1 Down: ……… 2 Down: …………

INTE5320: Games & Learning

New term, new course. I just started the first week of INTE5320 – Games & Learning and am very excited. The content of the class is very theory heavy and will be primarily based on writing and academic texts. It will require a fair amount of writing and reflecting so I will be updating my blog at a greater frequency. Some of what to expect: Stuff I Read & What I Think About It– Don’t miss the new season. This is an old favorite of mine. Basically, I just write about the things I read for my course on a…

INTE5320: Games & Learning

New term, new course. I just started the first week of INTE5320 – Games & Learning and am very excited. The content of the class is very theory heavy and will be primarily based on writing and academic texts. It will require a fair amount of writing and reflecting so I will be updating my blog at a greater frequency. Some of what to expect: Stuff I Read & What I Think About It– Don’t miss the new season. This is an old favorite of mine. Basically, I just write about the things I read for my course on a…

On a Personal Note

Not too much, but a little. I am back and blogging again for the term. Instead of academic (and some would say “professional”) musings, this blog is a little about me and everything that has happened of late. I am not one who strives to put a positive spin on seemingly troublesome/worrisome/negative events and can assure my readers (not sure how many) that all things are, indeed, positive. A summary of changes: After spending the better part of a decade living in Colorado, I have relocated to Chicagoland. Denver, I love you, but you’ve been bringing me down. I suppose…

Ole & Graham-Drawing & TED: Stuff I watched/drew and what I think about it.

  It’s a very busy time and an especially busy week. Will post more on that soon. In the meantime, I am going to take a stab at reviving this series of mine. Moving forward, I will try to make it seem “cleaner” with fewer links in text (mine were excessive) and less strict adherence to format (variation is OK-no-better than OK). Stuff I watched: Draw more, together: Ole Qvist-Sørensen at TEDxCopenhagen 2012 Why people believe they can’t draw – and how to prove they can | Graham Shaw | TEDxHull Stuff I drew: Ole Graham Toast   What I…

Ole & Graham-Drawing & TED: Stuff I watched/drew and what I think about it.

  It’s a very busy time and an especially busy week. Will post more on that soon. In the meantime, I am going to take a stab at reviving this series of mine. Moving forward, I will try to make it seem “cleaner” with fewer links in text (mine were excessive) and less strict adherence to format (variation is OK-no-better than OK). Stuff I watched: Draw more, together: Ole Qvist-Sørensen at TEDxCopenhagen 2012 Why people believe they can’t draw – and how to prove they can | Graham Shaw | TEDxHull Stuff I drew: Ole Graham Toast   What I…

C.A.R.P. Infographic

For the past week, I’ve been thinking a lot about C.A.R.P. and how it applies to infographics. More specifically, I’ve been assigned to consider what it means and to find an infographic that serves as a good example. What it means: C.A.R.P. is an acronym for Contrast, Alignment, Repetition, and Proximity. For an infographic to be effective, it must have a clear contrast and each element must stand out (color, font, however…). Each element must be aligned or connected as well. The design patter must be followed through repetition (or consistency) in order to maintain a cohesive theme. Lastly, connected…

Week 1: Creativity and Me

My class introduction assignment What is my definition of creative? I believe that creative can refer to any human source of ideas. The ideas themselves are often (always) expired by external stimuli. Although lots of creative people like to think of themselves as mere vessels for inspirations, I disagree. Creativity happens when someone is inspired and comes up with the idea. What are my three main strengths as a designer? I am very determined and refuse to give up. A big examples of this is resubmitting assignments when it is not necessary. I am very empathetic and strive hard to get inside the…

INTE6710: Creative Design for Instructional Materials

Greetings! After a busy summer, I am once again enrolled in class. My course – Creative Design for Instructional Materials – is starting up has started up and I am already enjoying myself after a week. Of course, I wouldn’t be Oliver if I didn’t eventually start worrying, but I enjoy it even with the worry. A good worry, if there is such a thing. The bottom line: I think this will be the course in which I finally solidify my self-identity as an instructional designer. The assignments will compel me to try new softwares as I make an infographic,…

So, how’s it going?

Hi Folks, My hiatus has officially ended! I had a good fall semester, but missed being a student. Accordingly, I am now enrolled in “INTE 5100 – Instructional Design”. Based on the syllabus and content, I think this will be a very interesting course with a much more “practical” application (as opposed to the heavy theory content of previous ones). I will post more assignments, musings, and other content soon. Huzzah!

A Final Course Reflection & Portfolio for INTE4530/ILT5340

My Portfolio At the end of this course, I have many final thoughts. I am amazed at how much I learned and grew in an engaging course with a very interesting format. The weekly reflective summaries I composed each week illustrate my progress as a student and storyteller. By choosing my own path and collaborating with my peers, I experienced the most effective learning I’ve ever encountered. Me as a learner in this course: Of all the skills and knowledge I acquired through this course, an awareness of my abilities as a learner stands out. I jumped right in and…

Brace Yourself: Week 7 Reflective Summary

This post will be the last of my weekly reflective summaries. Next week I will be posting a much longer reflection, but it will focus on the entire course rather than just a 7 day increment. I am very excited at the prospect, but am slightly disappointed to be ending my current (weekly) narratives. I love to write and will continue to do so, but the format/content will change as things often do. With that being said, let’s jump into my Week 7 summary! Over the past several days, I am pleased to say that I was able to maintain…

Stuff I read and what I think about it: Week 7 Reading Response

Stuff I read: McIntosh (1989): White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack Antero Garcia: There are No Lessons for Alton or Philando The Gender Gap in Library Education What I think: I believe this post will be my final reading response. This is not to say that I will not write my reflections on materials I’ve read. Rather, next week’s work will involve completing the final phase of ILT5340 in which we, the students, will be writing and reflecting on our blogs and portfolios. It is a sad day because I like these weekly reading responses very much. Despite my current semi-fatigued…

Fan-fiction and eye-rolling: Week 7 Digital Story Critique

The very moment I came across the term “fanfiction” in the weekly assigned readings, I felt my eyes rolling due to a combination of an immature, dismissive nature and acerbic sense of humor. I knew I had to confront this type of remix eventually. In fact, I even made a promise to myself last week that I would pick a piece of fan-fiction for this weeks critique. The very mention of the term conjures up images in my mind of a mildly-obsessive (to put it mildly) fan still living in their parents’ basement with limited outside world contact. I am opening…

Going, going, back, back, to basics, basics: DS106 Final Assignment

I believe this is my final DS106 Assignment: Back to basics. Even if I am wrong, I believe that this one warrants a special title: Oliver learns Photoshop! Yes, you read me right. I have (poorly) used Photoshop on many occasions. These occasions have been primarily related to library outreach such as flyers, brochures, and classroom handouts on databases and other research tools. In all of these instances, I was working with a template (like a coward) and was not quite ready to venture beyond my comfort zone. Even for the duration of this class, I will admit that I…

Catching my breath: Week 6 Reflective Summary

The worst and the best thing possible both happened this week. I felt myself getting extremely fatigued, but I managed to power through it. Overall, Week 6 has been very challenging and rewarding. I am continuing to develop my knowledge of digital storytelling, technological literacies, and my ability to have fun being busier than I’ve ever been. I am very proud of my Week 6 assignments. Both dailycreates were fun and not particularly stressful. Early in the term, I challenged myself to choose whatever dailycreate happens to be posted when I access the site (rather than waiting another day for…

Stuff I read and what I think about it: Week 6 Reading Response

Stuff I read: Lankshear and Knobel (2011) Ch7: Social Learning, “Push” and “Pull,” and Building Platforms for Collaborative Learning Scott Campbell: The Importance of Being Along in the Digital Era Antero Garcia: There are No Lessons for Alton or Philando Remi Holden: An Open Letter to Colorado Learning and Teaching with Technology  Responses to COLTT Open Letter Reference Education: A Test-Bed for Collaborative Learning by Lorienne Roy and Sarah Williams What I think: This weekly reading response will be structured a little differently in the “What I think” section (i.e. the section you are reading at this very moment). More specifically,…

Stacked Ads: Week 6 Digital Story Critique

From the wonderful people at Jonesboro Library comes a particularly catching library outreach poster: I was very pleased to come across this Photoshop remix example. True story: it happened BY ACCIDENT! I suppose happenstance is a force that often leads us to some of the best ideas. After a careful examination (in which I carefully reviewed the poster to determine what programs might have been used), I’ve come to the conclusion that whatever tool was employed by the librarians (Fotoflexer, Adobe, Lunapic, something more expensive), it was done effectively! On the other hand, the author may have used a meme generator, but…

John Jacob Astor is a Mean S.O.B.: DS106 Assignment for Week 6

My personal criteria for completing this weeks DS106 Assignment are as follows: Pick something that will enhance your technological skill set and digital literacies. Pick something that can be made relevant to my digital storytelling theme of “Libraries and Librarians”. I’ve mentioned these traits as desirable ones in all my previous assignments, but my freedom to choose any particular assignment type gave me a surge of creative inspiration! I felt determined to satisfy both measures in a way never done before by me. Keeping with last week’s diligence in mastering my photo editing skills, I decided to venture down the…

Money where mouth is: Week 5 Reflective Summary

This has been one of the most fruitful weeks for me in terms of learning and strong skill development. I’ve been very busy with work and was consumed by worry that I would not be able to devote the same amount of time to ILT5340. Fortunately for me, I was proven very wrong. My DS106 mashup assignment was hands down the most challenging part of this week. In support of my convictions, I selected the “random” feature on DS106 assignments and came up with Talky Tina. I was happy to have selected a photo editing assignment, but could never have…

Let's go out and eat hair: Week 5 Digital Story Critique

My digital story selection for this week is the product of lots of exploring and deep contemplation. Upon looking at the remix appendix at the end of Lankshear and Knobel Chapter 4, I noticed a remix type that I hadn’t previously considered: Political Remix. I have been a big fan of bad lip reading videos since discovering them a few years ago during the 2012 Presidential Election and became very excited at the prospect. Okay, so this photo is obviously a remix too, but I don’t want to focus on that. In fact, I’ve tried hard up until this point…

Let’s go out and eat hair: Week 5 Digital Story Critique

My digital story selection for this week is the product of lots of exploring and deep contemplation. Upon looking at the remix appendix at the end of Lankshear and Knobel Chapter 4, I noticed a remix type that I hadn’t previously considered: Political Remix. I have been a big fan of bad lip reading videos since discovering them a few years ago during the 2012 Presidential Election and became very excited at the prospect. Okay, so this photo is obviously a remix too, but I don’t want to focus on that. In fact, I’ve tried hard up until this point…

Stuff I read and What I think about it: Week 5 Reading Response

Stuff I read: Jenkins (2008) Afterword: Communities of Readers, Clusters of Practices Jeremy Dean: Letters to the Next President 2.0 Jeremy Dean: Social Reading in the Writing Classroom: A Webinar and 5 Ways to Use Hypothes.is for Rhet/Comp Flipping one-shot library instruction: using Canvas and Pecha Kucha for peer teaching What I think: The theme for this weeks reading response is “the world is a flipped classroom“. My reason for choosing this as a theme is the readings for Week 5 have made me feel great. They have confirmed my understanding and support for implementing participatory culture into classroom lessons. More…

Talky Tina Semiprofessional Remix: DS106 Mashup Assignment

It’s the same old (challenging song): I look through the mashup assignments and find several that look exciting and challenging, but I must narrow them down to a single one that I can adapt to my theme of “Libraries and Librarianship”. Arguably, most of them can be adapted to relate at least tangentially to my storytelling topic. With this in mind, I settled on an image editing one that requires cropping and smooth editing (both of which have given me trouble in the past). The name “Talky Tina” rang a bell when I first read the directions of the assignment,…

Reading about things while doing them: Week 4 Reflection

This week seemed to fly by at a much faster rate than the previous ones. Like last week, I paced myself, but I still felt compelled to jump in proactively. I am still enjoying the course very much (and I don’t anticipate any changes to that), but there’s always a solid combination of excellent work, room for improvement, and solid learning. The oddest component of this weeks work was the experience of reading about doing something while doing it (blogging, hint hint). In the best possible way, I felt like I was dissecting myself under a microscope. For some reason,…

Stuck in my head: Week 4 Digital Story Critique

Another week, another digital story to evaluate (and I mean it in the best way possible). Going forward, my weekly critiques will include a different framework taken from the appendix of Lankshear & Knobel’s Chapter 4 New Literacies and Social Practices of Digital Remixing. For all of you who read my blog, this just means I will be making a more concerted effort to find digital remixes in new formats (movie trailers, music videos, etc.) for these assignments. As usual (drum-roll), I had a tough time finding a digital story this week. I am not accustomed to searching for this…

Stuff I read and what I think about it: Week 4 Reading Response

Stuff I read: Davies and Merchant (2007) Ch8: Looking From the Inside Out: Academic Blogging as New Literacy Jon Becker:Open Faculty Development Mike Caulfield: Simon’s Watchmakers and the Future of Courseware Sean Michael Morris:Teaching in our Right Minds: Critical Digital Pedagogy and the Response to the New George Siemens:The Future of Learning: Digital, Distributed, Data-Driven The Development of Digital Literacy and Inclusion Skills of Public Librarians What I think: The theme for this week’s reading response is “The Perfection of Blogging”. In the required and optional texts for Week 4, the most recurrent theme is the implications and impact of academic blogging…

Searching for Celebrities in the Library: DS106 Design Assignment

When I first encountered the “design” category on the DS106 Assignment Bank, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Unlike the other assignments I’ve completed so far, this one does not specify which medium I will use. When I think design, I imagine audio, video, images, and just about every other form of digital output. In a moment of extreme bravery, I clicked the “random” button (even though the term bothers me due to it’s over misuse). The assignment I encountered seemed like a lot of fun! I was tasked with designing a menu! I am a long time restaurant buff…

In which the author learns to pace himself: Week 3 Reflection

Since beginning this course up to the most recently completed assignments (and even the current moment, right now), I thought about something an old college friend of mine had a habit of saying, “This will not end well.” His tone was typically playful and sarcastic. Some of the contexts of him saying this included inviting too many people to a party, taking an hour long drive at 3AM, or selecting a questionable item from the dining hall. Whenever I asked him for clarification (sometimes offended by his lack of faith in me, events, other people), he would clarify, “If you’re…

Stuff I Read and What I Think About It: Week 3 Reading Response

Stuff I Read: Lankshear and Knobel (2008) Ch1: DIY Media: A Contextual Background and Some Contemporary Themes Robin DeRosa: My Open Textbook: Pedagogy and Practice Remi Holden: Annotation in the Open: Part 2 (and note the Hypothes.is annotations) Audrey Watters: Openness and Ownership: Who Owns School Work? Audrey Watters: What Do We Mean By Open Education The Flipped Classroom: Student-Driven Library Research Sessions for Nutrition Education What I Think: The theme of this week’s response is “Us and Them to Us and Us”. This statement has significance in many ways when discussing the reading for week 3 of ILT5340. The discussion…

Help me help you help me help you: Week 3 Digital Story Critique

At the end of last week, my commitment to finding new outlets for digital stories to critique grew stronger than ever. Although I may decide to use a TEDTalk or Reddit for a story critique down the road, I wanted to try something else. As a reminder, not only do I have to find digital stories that interest me, but also try my best to locate ones that fit my aforementioned theme of “Libraries and Librarianship”. In the process, however, I found a story on the (admittedly conventional) outlet of YouTube while searching for “library stories”.  I happened upon a…

These Kids and Their Damn Snapchat: DS106 Video Assignment

I did it! I used a video technology with which I had no prior experience! Everyone (mostly me), rejoice! OK, maybe I’m getting a little too excited, but exploring a new video editing technology is-for me-a more than potentially daunting task. Although I am a frequent Camtasia user, I know little of other technologies for similar projects. With that in mind, I looked anxiety in the face and laughed. For this weeks DS106 Video Assignment, I decided to take my chances and selected the “Random” button. This assignment came up: Play It Backward, Jack.  The directions were simple: record a video…

Getting Comformable Avoiding Comfort: Week 2 Reflection

It’s been one week since this infernal song was stuck in my head (DO NOT CLICK LINK! I MEAN IT!). By clicking the link, you accept all responsibility for your ensuing headache. If you’re a professor who is reading this blog as a course assignment, I understand if you need to dock me points (only kidding a little). Week 2 has been better. To be a little less vague, I feel like I have produced better work this past week in comparison to the previous week. This is not to say that I am displeased with the first week, but my…

Good Morning, Library Village: DS106 Audio Assignment

I am not  much for audio. In fact, when I heard/read about the sizeable audio component of the work in ILT5340, I felt pretty scared. As previously stated, I have no experience with the recording/mixing/remixing/editing of sounds. At the outset of this course almost TWO WEEKS ago, I thought I might just select DS106 assignments randomly without copping out and choosing what seems to be the easiest one. However, I soon realized that some of the assignments might prove too difficult and I would not be able to do them well (at least not up to my borderline-perfectionist standards). I…

If you give a mouse a cookie, he'll ask for a Facebook account: Week 2 Story Critique

It has been about a week since my Week 1 Digital Story critique. Once again, I found myself vigorously searching for a suitable digital story that (a) piques my interest, (b) provides suitable fodder for a critique, and (c) fits with my storytelling theme of “Libraries and Librarianship”. If there is a search engine designed with such purposes in mind, PLEASE LET ME KNOW! Luckily, a close friend of mine uses Reddit religiously (sidenote: I have yet to meet a casual Reddit user). This friend sent me a link to the Libraries Subreddit which proved to be a wealth of library-related…

If you give a mouse a cookie, he’ll ask for a Facebook account: Week 2 Story Critique

It has been about a week since my Week 1 Digital Story critique. Once again, I found myself vigorously searching for a suitable digital story that (a) piques my interest, (b) provides suitable fodder for a critique, and (c) fits with my storytelling theme of “Libraries and Librarianship”. If there is a search engine designed with such purposes in mind, PLEASE LET ME KNOW! Luckily, a close friend of mine uses Reddit religiously (sidenote: I have yet to meet a casual Reddit user). This friend sent me a link to the Libraries Subreddit which proved to be a wealth of library-related…

You Better Recognize the Remix: Stuff I Read and What I Think About It (Week 2 Reading Response)

Stuff I Read: Lankshear and Knobel (2011) Ch4: New Literacies and Social Learning Practices of Digital Remixing Robin DeRosa: My Go-to Sites for Open Access & OER Info Inga-Lill Nilsson: Developing new copyright services in academic libraries. What I Think: “I remixed a remix. It went back to normal”-Mitch Hedberg My readings for this week inspired several insights in me that can be summed up in one statement: Mitch Hedberg was wrong and right. The quote above from the late famous comedian is obviously meant in jest, but it touches on several of the issues I encountered in the readings listed above. My specific insights…

Starting with the proverbial "BANG": My Week 1 Reflection

This blog post is my Week 1 Reflection for ILT5340 (INTE5340, DS106) in which I discuss how well I did in completing the assignments for this week, what did I struggle with, what do I regret (if anything), my questions, the larger issues surrounding my work, and a self-assessment. I intended to start out the first week of this course with a “Bang”. For me, this meant completing an extra DailyCreate and ensuring all other assignments were done with as much attention to detail as possible. I completed the Visual Assignment, three daily creates, my reading response, my digital story…

Starting with the proverbial “BANG”: My Week 1 Reflection

This blog post is my Week 1 Reflection for ILT5340 (INTE5340, DS106) in which I discuss how well I did in completing the assignments for this week, what did I struggle with, what do I regret (if anything), my questions, the larger issues surrounding my work, and a self-assessment. I intended to start out the first week of this course with a “Bang”. For me, this meant completing an extra DailyCreate and ensuring all other assignments were done with as much attention to detail as possible. I completed the Visual Assignment, three daily creates, my reading response, my digital story…

Stuff I read (and what I think about it): Week 1 Reading Response

Stuff I Read:  Lankshear and Knobel (2007) Ch1: Sampling the “New” in New Literacies Information Problem Solving Instruction in Higher Education: A Case Study on Instructional Design What I Think: My readings this week, the introductory chapter from Lankshear and Knobel’s text and a library research article on information literacy instruction, have provided me with a lot of ideas and concepts to ponder. The most fruitful insights I’ve acquired from both texts have challenged my perception of “literacy” and what it means in a practical example (a classroom). Overall, Lankshear and Knobel provided me with a theoretical framework and the…

Get a Read on This: Week 1 Story Critique

For my first digital story critique, I have selected a talk from TEDxCharleston by Andrew Roskill titled “Get a read on this – libraries bridging the digital divide”. I have chosen this story for a number of reasons including my interest in libraries as a library professional, my interest in the role of libraries as educational resources, my familiarity with TED Talks, and my increasing worries about the impact of digital divide. In this review, I will critique the presentation using the following assessment traits: Flow, organization, and pacing Presentation and Performance Story In this very effective presentation, Andrew Roskill…

"As They See Themselves" by Hoover City Schools

Visual Assignment 44—Album Cover Hoover City Schools – As they see themselves! This looked like a fun assignment. I did, however, have some pertinent worries: photo editing. Admittedly I have limited experience in this area. To remedy this, I looked online for a free and sophisticated photo editor. Fotoflexer seemed like an adequate program based on reviews so I signed up and started playing around with the features. Everything needed was easy and available for free. Completing the Assignment: First, I clicked on the first link to a RANDOM WIKIPEDIA PAGE (link to my page) for my band name. I’d…

“As They See Themselves” by Hoover City Schools

Visual Assignment 44—Album Cover Hoover City Schools – As they see themselves! This looked like a fun assignment. I did, however, have some pertinent worries: photo editing. Admittedly I have limited experience in this area. To remedy this, I looked online for a free and sophisticated photo editor. Fotoflexer seemed like an adequate program based on reviews so I signed up and started playing around with the features. Everything needed was easy and available for free. Completing the Assignment: First, I clicked on the first link to a RANDOM WIKIPEDIA PAGE (link to my page) for my band name. I’d…

A New Term, The Same Guy

Dear Internet & Affiliates, It’s been a while. I have had a little break between academic terms and am just now picking up my blog again. It is my pleasure to announce that I am enrolled in “INTE 5340: Learning with Digital Stories” for the summer. Going forward, I will be posting my course assignments in this space. There will be several assignments per week that will include lots of excitement! Some of the assignments I will be completing (Note: All assignments will also be shared via Twitter): DS106 DailyCreate assignments-Web activities in which I will be using multimedia tools…

Saving People From Themselves: Privacy and Social Media

All Things Considered: http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2013/04/22/178424347/google-execs-talk-privacy-and-security-in-the-new-digital-age The adverse impact of the internet and social media outlets on privacy is a common discussion topic (and not just in “All Things Considered” and other podcasts). A large portion of the public seems to blame people like Google executives or other figures like Mark Zuckerberg. In some cases (like Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen), responses from people who work at Google (etc.) sound a little defensive. Overall, it all ties into the fact that social media has removed so many people from their comfort zone. The underlying issue is the relationship between digital freedom and…

5 Problems with Social Media

This video has inspired some thoughts… I’m sure I can speak for many people when I say I have mixed feelings about these problems with social media. The ability to share anything requires a lot of personal responsibility. In a nutshell, people do not exercise their best judgement when posting something on Facebook or Twitter which often “destroys relationships”, “creates triggers”, or something even worse. Despite these issues, I am aware that there are many people who exercise control with their social media presence. These people share only appropriate things and possess a strong understanding of the consequences of oversharing.…

Tribes

I’ve recently done some readings by people like Steve Godin about tribes. When using the term”tribe”, he (and others) are referring to a group of like minded people who share common views and compassion for each other. I like to think of it as a “collective identity” in which all members identify with one another. At this point in my life, I belong to many tribes: librarians, graduate students, alums of my college, members of my group of friends. By digging deeper, I can easily find other tribal components of my identity, but let’s just start with these. In my…

For-Profit Education

https://twitter.com/insidehighered/status/708367784389038080 (Links to an external site.) I found this article on Twitter a couple of days ago and felt compelled to share it. Full disclosure: I worked at a for-profit college for almost seven years. During this time, I gained a lot of worthwhile experience, but also solidified my position against for-profit education. I met all kinds of students. In some cases, they were motivated and bright but lacked the opportunity to attend a traditional college. This was usually due to financial reasons, time, or they just felt they would never graduate, However, many other students were admitted without the ability to complete…

How do I motivate online students?

This question popped up in Quora recently: https://www.quora.com/How-do-I-motivate-online-students  (Links to an external site.) How do I motivate online students? I think this question works both ways. Obviously, this question was asked from the perspective of an instructor. An online student might just as easily ask how to stay motivated. For both student and instructor, the amount taken away from an online class is directly proportional to the amount of effort and time one puts into it. The advice in the answer is directed at both professors and students. Some of the points include: Engage with the professor/students Make time for the…

So I Use Instagram…

So I use instagram. I am new to the service and finally joined after consistent pestering from friends and family. Not having much of a penchant for photography made my aversion stronger, but I relented when I finally realized what I was missing: Instagram allows me to show photos (obviously) in a method with seemingly less stigma attached to it. I can photograph my breakfast without much disdain from others (jokingly, more often than not). It allows me to follow people’s media exclusively rather than filtering posts on Facebook (a tiresome process). It serves as an online repository of my…

Discovering Quora

I have tasked with investigating a new social networking site as part of my coursework and have decided to focus on Quora. Prior to this, I had heard of Quora but never felt compelled to check it out. My (brief) introduction to it happened when I was searching Google for help with a very specific situation. I don’t remember the topic of my search but I know I typed in a complete sentence as opposed to just using keywords. For this week’s discussion, I decided to try it out and see if I want to become a regular user of…

Connecting with Connectivism

Technology is altering (rewiring) our brains. The tools we use define and shape our thinking. -George Siemens Technology has been continuously transforming our brains since Web 1.0 at an exponentially increasing rate. The most obvious of these changes are apparent in our methods for accessing and sharing information via social media. Using popular apps and online tools for collaboration, acquiring information in prodigious quantities has never been easier. In using these tools, we are actively improving our ability to research, collaborate, and “learn to be” (Brown & Adler, 2008). These changes, however, have also adversely impacted our cognitive processes. Some…