Sunday, March 6, 2016
Hybrid Pedagogy Research
I was assigned to go through the articles posted on the website Hybrid Pedagogy, a place where Dr. Burton is considering submitting our final class product at the end of the semester. I started my research with the first articles submitted to this open-access, peer reviewed journal. Here are some articles I feel can be useful in our research and approach to our class project:
The Twitter Essay - What would you do if your English professor gave you an assignment called The Twitter Essay? You have 140 characters to express your point. Would you consider this assignment a literary act? What about a text message? The form of these two mediums force us to condense our words, almost like a poem. Communication through these mediums creates a new culture, a new civilization where students know they are bending grammatical rules but revel in it.
The Student 2.0 - This article discusses the ever-evolving nature of learning with students and in classrooms due to technology. The author identifies that students "speak with mouths, but also with fingers tapping briskly at the keys of their smart phones." Because communication has changed, students have become students 2.0. "Shouldn't [teachers] evolves into teachers 2.0?"
Digital Culture and Shifting Epistemology - The word epistemology should be a familiar one to us. This article discusses how the shift in digital culture and technology has led to a shift in the way we acquire knowledge. In the classical epistemological paradigm, students use a glossary and memorize terms -- the Web 2.0 epistemological system allows students to prepare collaborate study guides (like Google docs) and practice terminology in a peer-reviewed online writing space, like we're doing right now.
Trading Classroom Authority for Online Community - When the web first came to fruition, people often referred to it as a lawless place, similar to the "Wild West." One main reason was because of the freedom the web gave to users - you just need to figure out what to do with all your liberty. This article argues that digital culture removes the civilization from education in some ways, which he argues is a good thing, forcing students "to own their learning more." Students are more on their own in an online classroom and the lack of civilization that the web brings helps students to feel more in control of their education. Indeed, "a revolution is growing online that that takes this trend to an extreme -- digital citizens are building educational communities without institutions." Is this something we should fear or embrace?
Here's a list of others worth checking out:
Memes Are the New Canon
Theorizing Google Docs: 10 Tips for Navigating Online Collaboration
The Threat of Scholarly Openness: Twitter and its Discontents
**Daring Conversations: Searching for a Shared Language
Best Practices: Thoughts on a Flash Mob Mentality
For form, look at this one: Engaging Students: Lessons from the Leisure Industry