I wrote a blog post awhile back about David White’s Visitors and Residents framework. I had always assumed that within this framework the word “spaces” referred to just the digital/online environment, however in another post he describes space as any location where people are or where we go to be co-present with others and this includes both the online world and the physical lecture theatre/classroom we may find ourselves in.
This got me thinking about technology use in the classroom, in a lot of cases faculty either ban the use of smartphones, laptops etc. due to concerns they have about its distractive tendencies or generally they don’t find ways to utilize them for their lessons.
This is where I think David White’s coalescent framework has a lot of value because it forces us to envision ways in which technology can be a resource as opposed to being a distraction. As David White suggests we need to design pedagogy which coalesces physical and digital spaces. If we can be explicit about the value of integrating both physical and digital spaces when we work with faculty, and show them successful examples of coalescent designs they may be more receptive to the idea of students using devices in class.
I will be teaching a course this fall: ADLT 641 Exploration of Digital Media for Adult Learning.
ADLT 641 is the second in a series of 3 courses for students in the Masters of Adult Education:
Technology Track program. This course is intended to be a hands on exploration of a variety of
digital tools as well as considering ways in which these tools can be leveraged for teaching and learning
purposes. Having met a few of the students a couple of weeks ago when they were completing their elearning
theory class, they are eager to explore ways in which they can start getting more hands on practice with tools
as a way to put theory into practice if you will. I’ll also be tapping into the
One major project in this course is students blogs (learning journals). These blogs will be aggregated to a mother blog. Given my experience with student blogs in another course I co-taught UNIV 391 I also plan to blog along with the students in the class to document my thoughts as the course progresses. I’m hoping that being involved in blogging myself will encourage students to share their thoughts and experiences in the open.
After a discussion with Tom one of the questions that came up was:
How can the students work/assignments have value beyond the life of the course?
I’m still thinking of ways to accomplish this but I think its a great question to have at the back of my mind as I think of different course assignments.
So I’m looking forward to this experience and tweaking the course as the semester progresses to make the experience as meaningful to the students as possible.
Prototype Engineer Trevor Smith’s Memex machine built to Vannevar Bush’s specification
A memex is a device in which an individual stores all his books, records and communications and which is mechanized so that it may be consulted with exceeding speed and flexibility. It is an enlarged supplement to his memory.
In this first nugget I am going to focus on the first ideas/phrases that came to mind when I was reading the article (specifically focusing on section 6 & 7 where he describes the memex). Here are some of the things I thought of (in no particular order):
the internet, smartphones, connectivism, folksonomies, curation, tagging, concept mapping, piaget’s concept of assimilation & accommodation, etc
what words came to your mind as you read this article?
The web today provides us with enormous amounts of information. Some have likened finding relevant information on the web as similar to drinking water from a fire hydrant: messy and not a very efficient way to get what you really want.
Its amazing that over 60 years ago Bush basically described the ways in which we can use our devices to create, filter, organize and share information on the web today. His was a vision on how to manage the multitude of information we have access to using the principle of association. As we navigate the web, curate (with content curation tools i.e tagging with diigo etc) and share relevant information through our networks on we are in a way making the web and building associative trails using the very principles he described ….