Redefining Universities


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In these times of a bankrupt General Motors, failing newspapers and old media, colleges can be seen as similar institutions that have not responded to changing technologies and economic shifts. My own list of terms that we deal with in our classrooms that are being redefined - whether we agree with these new definitions or we resist changes to the definitions includes: Writing, Reading, Literacy, Publishing, Ownership/IP/Copyright, Research, Privacy, and Class hours.

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Redefining Universities

  1. 1. The Teaching, Learning & Technology Center Seton Hall University Web 2.0 Tools for Blog, ePortfolio and Website Design Title What’s Writing Got to Do With It? Series website Guest Speaker: Ken Ronkowitz, PCCC and NJIT June 9, 2009 Presenter: Mary Zedeck, Instructional Designer
  2. 2. The Teaching, Learning & Technology Center Seton Hall University Redefining: Universities, How We Teach Title and Learn June 9, 2009 Ken Ronkowitz, PCCC and NJIT
  3. 3. Posted on Serendipity35
  4. 4. What Is Being Redefined? 1. Writing 2. Reading 3. Literacy 4. Publishing 5. Ownership/IP/Copyright 6. Research Are WE redefining these things, 7. Privacy or are they being redefined without our participation? 8. Class hours
  5. 5. Writing  What is formal writing?  What is informal writing?  I think we all agree that a research paper fits the former, and that student lecture notes is the latter, but what about discussion board postings, blog posts, collaborative documents…   IM & texting is not writing; it’s conversation  Self-sponsored writing  Is the essay dying?
  6. 6. Formal and Informal Writing  Research paper  Student lecture notes  Email  Blog posts  Discussion boards & comments  A collaborative document  Twitter  Presentation ―script‖
  7. 7. Reading  If a student listens to an audiobook, is that reading?  Can watching a video presentation take the place of a quot;readingquot; for a class?  75% of time spent online is ―reading‖  But it’s not the ―right kind‖ of reading
  8. 8. Literacy  Media literacy 1960s  Digital literacy 1980s  Web literacy 1990s  What does it mean to be literate if reading and writing are changed?  Writing/reading with links, images, video, collaboration, dynamic content, social networking, user-interfaces…  The digital revolution will not be televised.  See also quot;Literacy? Which One?quot; and quot;NCTE's New Literacies― on Serendipity35
  9. 9. Publishing  If I publish a blog post that is hit (read) by 50,000 people, how different is that from publishing that same text in a magazine that has 50,000 subscribers (readers)?  What opportunities did you have as an undergrad to ―publish‖ your work versus a student today?  Should online publishing count towards promotion & tenure with the same weight as traditional paper publication?
  10. 10. Old Media & New Media  Gannett should have invented the Huffington Post  NBC should have invented YouTube  Sony should invented iPods and iTunes  Yellow Pages (or any newspaper syndicate) should have developed Craig’s List.  ATT should have developed Twitter  Fight to preserve journalism, not an old model.  SCHOOLS should have developed _________ and if they don’t change, then ___________________
  11. 11. Ownership, Intellectual Property, Copyright, Fair Use  Who owns a collaborative web page?  Who wrote a wiki article?  How is the open everything movement changing these areas?  What is copyleft?  Does a Creative Commons license actually protect a work?  We say we want students to collaborate (and the quot;real worldquot; of employment tells us it is an essential skill), but do we encourage it, or do we fear it as a kind of cheating and plagiarism?
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  13. 13. Center for the Study of the Public Domain
  14. 14. Research  Redefining not only the way we do it (digitized primary sources LoC…)  but the way we publish it (online)  and use it (see copyleft)  If I set up RSS feeds to pull content into my reader, am I doing research? Is an RSS feed a research assistant?
  15. 15. Privacy  Privacy, especially online, has a new meaning.  How much of you is online? How much have you deliberately shared and how much is just there?  How private is your classroom, your content, your students' work?  ―walled gardens‖ like Blackboard are less the norm  Facebook ―friends‖ & Twitter followers  Assumptions of privacy (cell phone conversations)
  16. 16. Class Hours  The meaning of quot;work hoursquot; expanded starting with the telephone, then with email and again in our age of the Blackberry, virtual workspaces and more.  It has also happened to quot;class hours.quot; A decade ago, the only teachers really using course management systems were those teaching at a distance to quot;online students.quot; Now, every student is an online student and many teachers are using a CMS, blogs, social networks, wikis and other tools to continue the classroom discussion and activities beyond the 3 credit hours listed in the catalog.  How many hours is now expected of a student and an instructor for a 3 credit course?
  17. 17. The Web was a push technology. Web 2.0 is pull technology.
  18. 18. Time’s Wingèd Technology Chariot  30 YEARS –  GETTING THE  MOBILE computers in the NEWS PHONES classroom  TV 60%  Using only a cell  20 YEARS -  NET 13%  20% Internet  NEWSPAPERS  Only a land line  10 YEARS – 9%  17% laptops, tablets,  Twitter etc. 1% IM, Blackboard  Using both  17% remaining?  5 YEARS –  83% Google,  No news! MySpace, Facebook, Twitter
  19. 19. The Future of Blogging  Educators have already missed some opportunities for using blogs….  Redefining Blogging (especially commercial applications)  Tumblelogs  Microblogging (short posts using Twitter et al)  Moblogging (via mobile phones)