Technopoly – The Academic Course

September 25th, 2010

Postman, Neil. Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology. Vintage, 1993.

Another take-away from Technopoly is somewhat oddly-founded, as it is based on a bit of a tangent that Postman pursues as an example of technologies coming in disguise (in Chapter 8: Invisible Technologies). He discusses the idea of academic courses in the educational world.

A course is a technology for learning. I have “taught” about two hundred of them and do not know why each one lasts exactly fifteen weeks, or why each meeting lasts exactly one hour and fifty minutes. If the answer is that it is done for administrative convenience, then a course is a fraudulent technology. It is put forward as a desirable structure for learning when in fact it is only a structure for allocating space, for convenient record-keeping, and for control of faculty time. (138)

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College Students on Streaming Video: Get Me Outta Class!

September 21st, 2010

Nearly a third of college students reported that their parents or guardians would be “very upset” to know how little they actually attend classes in person.

College Students on Streaming Video: Get Me Outta Class!

Here is an article posted on the campus technology site last week, which offers a great conversation starter on the use of video in the collegiate classroom. However, the initial commenter, who finds the practice “appalling,” elicited a response from me, which is worth referencing here. My comment, admittedly too verbose for this platform, is about eleven up from the bottom and includes my name.

MEA Presentation June, 2009

June 29th, 2009

I’ve just posted a video of the presentation I gave in June for the MEA Conference.

Digital Orality and the Online Video Conversation:
Simulating Synchronicity and Preserving Humanness in Distance Communication


Here is the latest presentation. This was presented on June 19th at St. Louis University for the Tenth Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association. It was truly a great time. I met many people and heard some great talks. While along the lines of my larger topic, this presentation discusses the use of Seesmic in the online, asynchronous classroom. Seesmic offers immediate, ongoing conversations on virtually any topic. With its threaded, conversational videos, it offers conversing participants a more immediate, nearly seamless way to communicate that preserves much of the social presence of face-to-face dialogue and creates an almost synchronous exchange of ideas.

May 2009 Presentation at Texas Tech

May 17th, 2009

I’ve just posted a video of the presentation I gave at Texas Tech.

The Embedded Online Video Conversation:
Humanness and the Semi-Synchronous Situation in the Asynchronous Online Classroom

It discusses the use of Viddler in the online, asynchronous classroom, including an account of data collected through a student survey. This, is getting closer to my dissertation topic, but not quite exact.