First of all, let me say that I read Anthony as referring to multiple Brians in the title of his last post–and all the cognitive dissonance that that entails.
That said, I will now report on the recent findings of a sub-group of edlabbers. And I must quickly concede that my understanding of the discussion that ensued in the Lab from 5-7PM tonight will be Brian-centric. Hui Soo, Lin, Maureen, Gary, Anthony, and myself talked at length and I cannot pretend to remember the lines of thought in detail, and am resigned to fumble about for some slight grasp of what it all means. I eagerly welcome revisions, comments, outright disagreements, and nonchalant complements in response to this effort…
In thinking about the types of insights that science reveals about our humanity (social relationships, networks, flows of information), I thought this article by Richard Rorty was particularly relevant. He essentially argues the following:
Post-Galilean science does not tell us what is really real or really important. It has no metaphysical or moral implications. Instead, it enables us to do things that we had not previously been able to do. When it became empirical and experimental, it lost both its metaphysical pretensions and the ability to set new ends for human beings to strive ...
During today's brainstorming session I realized that the quick search in the upper right corner of the library home page labeled "Search the TC Catalog" may be confused with the opening screen of EDUCAT.
To use EDUCAT with all her features, click on "Catalogs & Databases" on the left side of the home page and then click on "Teachers College (EDUCAT)" in the column labeled "Local Library Catalogs."
The attachment below contains all the quotes on education that were afixed to the fortune cookies. Thanks to Suzanne and Christine for taking out of their day to help prepare the materials/snacks.
In the TCR meeting yesterday, we discussed the possibility of using Podcasts and author interviews on our site. Princeton University Press interviewed Harry Frankfurt about his book length, previously released, essay On Bullshit. In all, I thought the interview was interesting, and using the format seems like something we should explore in more depth.
I want to thank everyone who participated in the first edLab seminar today. I sense that this will be a very productive endeavor, as we all seem to feel to feel inspired by the daunting task of guiding education through the myriad opportunities presented by an information-rich, ever-more-connected world.
I would like to thank Hui Soo for helping set the agenda for today's meeting, as well as for thinking of, and preparing, the "fortune cookie" ice breaker.
Given these growing complexities, it is appropriate that Brian Carolan wil...
Everyone have a lovely week! I'll be soaking up the socialism and the gay-marriage-friendly atmosphere. I'll be back Wednesday the 27th.
I've created this blog for individuals to give feedback on the collaborative design process (CDP). Please comment on elements of the process (including facilitation, space, equipment) that you found ineffective or helpful. The more specific you can be, the better. After we hear from everyone, we will think about ways to improve the CDP. Please be critical. It is the only we can enhance the process.
This is a "what we noticed" list, not necessarily a set of problems:
1. some student groups block long periods of time on multiple days -- currently "AGXB," regression analysis, dissertation group X.
2. there are many "repeaters" on the system -- i.e., the total number of unique reservers might be interesting to count
3. student groups are registered in one name only -- that is, the system doesn't record who else will be in the room.
4. sometimes reserved rooms aren't being used (like when the principal's group vacated multiple small rooms to go outside and take advantage of the ni...
I skulked around for an hour this afternoon (from 3:15 until about 4:15), resisting the feeling that I was monitoring compliance because, overall, things in that hour were not as they were "supposed to be."
The good news is that, until 4:00, almost all rooms were in use and, for the most part, they weren't study carrels. People were working together. AS best I could suss out, only two were being used for their reserved purpose -- a staff meeting in 202 reserved by Medina and an applied regression study group meeting, though only one member had shown up when I was there. All others were poa...