During our first session we discussed some of the learning and teaching challenges of walled garden environments, in particular, course management systems. In this week’s materials, Michael Wesch talks about how new social media environments have amplified what he refers to as “the crisis of significance” in education; where in a world of “nearly infinite information” we should be teaching subjectivities, not subjects. Richard Miller challenges us to “push ideas into our culture”, by placing them out on the web, thereby “showing the world what the university is for and that’s for ideas that belong to no one. ” Alex Reid expands on Miller’s talk and suggests what needs to happen for digital humanities to thrive. John Seely Brown and Richard P. Adler envision a new form of apprentice learning in which open, online social networks leverage the power of social learning for all participants. Finally, Graham Stanley provides some rationales for using open and accessible ‘web 2.0’ tools for language learning.
My question for you now is: In what ways, if any, do these print and video selections for this week make sense to you in light of your own experiences, pedagogical philosophy and future?