notes from the interblags

• Metaspencer links to this master’s thesis on blogging in classrooms. I’ll have to read it sometime soon.

• Steven Krause links to Cory Doctorow’s 17 Tips For Getting Bloggers To Write About You. Good tips for people with websites who want the attention of bloggers.

• Ira Socol discusses the benefits of online information delivery over print journalism.

• One of the newest fads in higher ed are those stupid clickers students have to buy. Here at OSU, students might have to buy 3 or 4 per term, and, from my understanding, they can’t be reused. Rhosa Eberly has brought this up at the Blogora. Last month, Ira Socol wrote a blog post asking if perhaps using mobile phones instead of clickers might be a better idea, in addition to calling into question the traditional lecture format of these classes.

• The Chronicle reports that Noah Wardrip-Fruin is posting portions of his book that he is drafting on the blog Grand Text Auto. This is kinda old news, but it’s still interesting. He’s getting feedback, and he’s also interested in seeing how the local comments he gets on the blog might contradict the global comments he gets from reviewers during the publishing process.

• Gregory has started a co-authored blog for our 4C’s workshop, What’s Queer Got To Do With It, where we’ll be posting (hopefully) our thoughts and drafts as we consider our upcoming workshop (in less than 3 weeks!). I’m excited for our project.

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2 Responses to notes from the interblags

  1. dawn says:

    At our university, they can buy one clicker and use it throughout their career (yes, it is possible), because that’s how we set the system up (it came out of my department).

    Omigod…less than 3 weeks? Where has the time gone? Ack! 🙂

  2. Ira Socol says:

    I was shocked by how defensive clicker users were when faced with what I said in the newspaper. But among other things – this is a one-way communication system which enforces the worst patterns in education. None of these publisher-based clicker systems are accessible re: disabilities – but mostly, I find it so amusing that it seems like the same profs who love to ban laptops and mobile phones from classes embrace these clickers. Technology as one more tool of authoritarian control, rather than to enhance communication and individuality.

    Anyway, it is sunny in Los Angeles where I’m at the world’s biggest assistive technology convention. Really great stuff that could change education for everyone, if we were willing to change. I’ll be blogging it as much as I can.

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