Battle lines:
Is Academia at War
 with Technology?

       Sarah “Intellagirl” Robbins
           Purdue TLT 2009
Arm yourself!
78% of the incoming class of 2009 will
 have had internet access their entire
             K-12 career.


98% of the incom...
We must STOP talking about
        Technology!
We MUST start talking about what
     technology can DO!

  And what it’s a...
Technology has made
    teaching/learning
      more difficult.


AGREE           DISAGREE
Let’s go
back in
 time!
October 25
 1415 c.e.
The french
= 1,200 Mounted Knights




            *Reenactment
= 10,000 Dismounted
Knights
= 10,000 Crossbowmen
The british
= 1,000 Dismounted
Knights
= 5,000 Longbowmen
= 20,000

= 5,900
I’m noble!
                 I’m
             impenetrable!

             I’m poncy!
I’m a
commoner.
        I’m
   outnumbered.

       I’m
    desperate.
The battle


There are so
  many of
  them!!!
FIRE!!!
You cannot
shoot me!!!
DOH!!!
CHARGE!!!
Run away!!!
ouch…
I’ve fallen and
I can’t get up!
HaHa! We have
you know Frenchy
    pig-dogs!
but I’m a noble… 
SO?!
aaaarrrrggggg…




STAB!!
90 minutes
   later
YEAH!!! WE WON!!!!!
All ur kni-gits r belong to us


                                 But what do we do with all
                             ...
Kill
them!!!
VS

7,000-10,000        112
    Dead            Dead
Oh the humanity!!!!
How have universities
         reacted
 to technology adoption
        decisions?
                     TOO
AGILE
         ...
How is the conflict
       between
institutional learning
 and social learning
          like
      Agincourt?
Wikipedia is
       blocked on all
       computers in the
       Warren Hills
NO!!
       Regional School
       District...
Regarding laptops in
       the classroom:
I tell my students that
it is as impolite as it
would be for them to
sit in cla...
Blogs
 don’t
count!!
          “Today’s senior faculty
          members look at blogs
          the way a previous
      ...
We have
diplomas!




            and clip art!
British food
  again?!
So let’s go back to
Agincourt!
The Battle of
Social Learning
vs Institutional
   learning
2OO9
VS


Academia may underestimate
   the power of the web
You’re just a
commoner!
 Patooey!
I only engage
with people who
 are my equal!
I engage with
 anyone who
 contributes!

  

Bad economy
Changes in knowledge production
Drops in tenured positions
Increased pressure to reduce costs
Webizens begin to build
their own institutions of
knowledge and knowledge
production
We blog!



We twitter!



We make
videos!
We research!
We peer review!
         You didn’t
       reference me!
         Rejected!




   I disagree with
   your regression
    ...
We peer review!
     I edited your
       Wikipedia
         page!




    I commented
    on your blog!
You aren’t
experts. You’re
  not making
    “real”
 knowledge.
SO?!
This is the
pivotal moment!
Will we recreate
   the past?
No laptops
               in the
            classroom!

CHARGE!!!


              Block
            Wikipedia!
Stop
   Online       Facespacing
degrees don’t       and
   count!       Mybooking!
Wait! Maybe if we use
the web too we could
 do really innovative
       things.
        Ouch!
We need to schedule a
meeting to form a committee
to talk about how to get out
          this mud
Want some help?
All ur toobz r belong to us


                              But what do we do with all
                                the...
No worries. They‘ll just
     fade away.
Or do we learn
  from past
  mistakes?
Does your campus feel more…


            or
LOL! ROFL! OMG! ROFLMAO!
        TTFN Dood!

                           But what do we do with all
                       ...
We take off a bit of our armor




We learn to find a middle ground
TL w/T gets better
    when we stop
focusing on the tools
and start focusing on
the uses/affordances
Online journals allow anyone to read




                         I B in ur journalz readin’ ur
                          ...
Academics engage with non-academics

                        And the bartender
                        says ‘Why the long
...
Information is layered everywhere
Intellectual curiosity is satisfied NOW!
       Everywhere! All the time!
Networks of people share what
         they know!
How do we do
     it?
Don’t assume
 knowledge can
only come from
“vetted” sources
Justify ALL
 choices, even
the traditional
     ones
Be willing to try
  new things.
  Learn from
   students.
Learn more about
   how people
 already use the
    tool, learn
  similar topics.
This doesn’t have to be a battle
Look for tweets from
   TLTFrenchy and TLTBrit
   during the conference!




Sarah “Intellagirl”
    Robbins
             ...
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  • By the way, the 'Arm Yourself' and a few other slides are created for laser-pointer feedback from the audience.
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  • Wow! Thank you so much for all the great comments and feedback. I really believe that humor brings people together and, as Melanie noted, a lot of folks in academia are quite distraught about how technology is changing what we do and how we do it. This talk was meant to start conversations. I'm glad to see it's working.
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  • I'm laughing so hard my face hurts! Awesome. 'Stop Facespacing and Mybooking!' LMAO
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  • Slide 47: wrong IMO. It IS impolite to phone/txt/twitter/type on a PC while ppl are talking to you: common courtesy. Technology is not a god. Everything else though is excellent, and is a good reflection on how truth & knowledge is made universally available via the 'net, and the potential to empower all who seek. An issue it fails to work into the plot though is that hopefully the knowledge of the experience of teachers is better than a hundred bits of Facebook and blog rants. Technology and democratised 'net knowledge is great, but don't throw the baby out with the bathwater.

    (PS I am not a university boffin - in fact I only went there a few weeks, so I am not defending them.)
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  • Just great.
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  1. 1. Battle lines: Is Academia at War with Technology? Sarah “Intellagirl” Robbins Purdue TLT 2009
  2. 2. Arm yourself!
  3. 3. 78% of the incoming class of 2009 will have had internet access their entire K-12 career. 98% of the incoming class of 2012 will have had internet access their entire K-12 career. *Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics
  4. 4. We must STOP talking about Technology! We MUST start talking about what technology can DO! And what it’s already DONE!
  5. 5. Technology has made teaching/learning more difficult. AGREE DISAGREE
  6. 6. Let’s go back in time!
  7. 7. October 25 1415 c.e.
  8. 8. The french
  9. 9. = 1,200 Mounted Knights *Reenactment
  10. 10. = 10,000 Dismounted Knights
  11. 11. = 10,000 Crossbowmen
  12. 12. The british
  13. 13. = 1,000 Dismounted Knights
  14. 14. = 5,000 Longbowmen
  15. 15. = 20,000 = 5,900
  16. 16. I’m noble! I’m impenetrable! I’m poncy!
  17. 17. I’m a commoner. I’m outnumbered. I’m desperate.
  18. 18. The battle
  19. 19.  
  20. 20. There are so many of them!!!
  21. 21. FIRE!!!
  22. 22. You cannot shoot me!!!
  23. 23. DOH!!!
  24. 24. CHARGE!!!
  25. 25. Run away!!!
  26. 26. ouch…
  27. 27. I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!
  28. 28. HaHa! We have you know Frenchy pig-dogs!
  29. 29. but I’m a noble… 
  30. 30. SO?!
  31. 31. aaaarrrrggggg… STAB!!
  32. 32. 90 minutes later
  33. 33. YEAH!!! WE WON!!!!!
  34. 34. All ur kni-gits r belong to us But what do we do with all these French hostages?
  35. 35. Kill them!!!
  36. 36. VS 7,000-10,000 112 Dead Dead
  37. 37. Oh the humanity!!!!
  38. 38. How have universities reacted to technology adoption decisions? TOO AGILE SLOWLY ADOPTION
  39. 39. How is the conflict between institutional learning and social learning like Agincourt?
  40. 40. Wikipedia is blocked on all computers in the Warren Hills NO!! Regional School District. Seattle Times November 21, 2007
  41. 41. Regarding laptops in the classroom: I tell my students that it is as impolite as it would be for them to sit in class reading a newspaper. Chronicle of Higher Ed Forums Mar 16 2009
  42. 42. Blogs don’t count!! “Today’s senior faculty members look at blogs the way a previous generation of academics looked at television — as a guilty, tawdry pleasure that should not be talked about in respectable circles.” Drezner 2005
  43. 43. We have diplomas! and clip art!
  44. 44. British food again?!
  45. 45. So let’s go back to Agincourt!
  46. 46. The Battle of Social Learning vs Institutional learning
  47. 47. 2OO9
  48. 48. VS Academia may underestimate the power of the web
  49. 49. You’re just a commoner! Patooey!
  50. 50. I only engage with people who are my equal!
  51. 51. I engage with anyone who contributes!
  52. 52.   Bad economy Changes in knowledge production Drops in tenured positions Increased pressure to reduce costs
  53. 53. Webizens begin to build their own institutions of knowledge and knowledge production
  54. 54. We blog! We twitter! We make videos!
  55. 55. We research!
  56. 56. We peer review! You didn’t reference me! Rejected! I disagree with your regression analysis!
  57. 57. We peer review! I edited your Wikipedia page! I commented on your blog!
  58. 58. You aren’t experts. You’re not making “real” knowledge.
  59. 59. SO?!
  60. 60. This is the pivotal moment! Will we recreate the past?
  61. 61. No laptops in the classroom! CHARGE!!! Block Wikipedia!
  62. 62. Stop Online Facespacing degrees don’t and count! Mybooking!
  63. 63. Wait! Maybe if we use the web too we could do really innovative things. Ouch!
  64. 64. We need to schedule a meeting to form a committee to talk about how to get out this mud
  65. 65. Want some help?
  66. 66. All ur toobz r belong to us But what do we do with all these old academics?
  67. 67. No worries. They‘ll just fade away.
  68. 68. Or do we learn from past mistakes?
  69. 69. Does your campus feel more… or
  70. 70. LOL! ROFL! OMG! ROFLMAO! TTFN Dood! But what do we do with all these old academics?
  71. 71. We take off a bit of our armor We learn to find a middle ground
  72. 72. TL w/T gets better when we stop focusing on the tools and start focusing on the uses/affordances
  73. 73. Online journals allow anyone to read I B in ur journalz readin’ ur research!
  74. 74. Academics engage with non-academics And the bartender says ‘Why the long face?’!
  75. 75. Information is layered everywhere
  76. 76. Intellectual curiosity is satisfied NOW! Everywhere! All the time!
  77. 77. Networks of people share what they know!
  78. 78. How do we do it?
  79. 79. Don’t assume knowledge can only come from “vetted” sources
  80. 80. Justify ALL choices, even the traditional ones
  81. 81. Be willing to try new things. Learn from students.
  82. 82. Learn more about how people already use the tool, learn similar topics.
  83. 83. This doesn’t have to be a battle
  84. 84. Look for tweets from TLTFrenchy and TLTBrit during the conference! Sarah “Intellagirl” Robbins SL: Intellagirl Tully Email: intellagirl@gmail.com Web: intellagirl.com Skype, Yahoo, AIM, Gchat: Intellagirl
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