Understanding New Media – Institutions

September 30th, 2010

Connectivity brings new sharing of information and knowledge with others. What was once accessible only via a physical school, government building, or other public institution is now potentially accessible to persons all over the world” (113-114).

Veltman, Kim H. Understanding New Media: Augmented Knowledge & Culture. University of Calgary Press, 2006.

Virtual Communities
This term refers to the communities we form online that are generally based around a particular topic and that we use to communicate with others interested in that topic. The have, according to Cliff Filaggo in Hosting Web Communities, three characteristics: 1) focus, through a central subject or theme, 2) cohesion, through member to member relationships, and 3) interactivity, through member to member communication. (117 in Veltman).

This is very much the norm now, with the vast amount of forums and other online groups that exist online. One need not necessarily be a member or frequent visitor to many of these sites, but rather visit the community to answer a single question on a topic related to the communities theme. Read the rest of this entry »

Pre-Proposal posted

June 13th, 2010

I am aware that I’ve been getting many new readers to this blog over the past few weeks and months. Furthermore, I realize that someone embarking on this blog anew might be at least somewhat lost, as if opening a text to the middle page and beginning to read. I frequently reference the “OVC” and the “AOC” among other concepts that by now should be quite familiar to frequent visitors to my blog, but which are likely meaningless to those newer visitors. Therefore, in an effort to provide readers (familiar and new) with an overview of my study, I have added the Pre-proposal to this blog.

You can find this page under the Research menu as well as on the link to the right under “What’s this all about?” However, once I write the full proposal and it is approved, which should be around October this Fall, I will likely remove the pre-proposal (or archive it) and just post the full proposal.

Asynchronous Online Classroom

December 15th, 2009


Asynchronous Online Classroom
The AOC refers to a course delivered solely online without any synchronous component. In this setting, the level of social presence is presumably lower than that experienced in the face-to-face (FtF) classroom, where one can see, hear, and interact with the speaker in real time.