(Here’s the link to my raw notes from Evernote.)
I was excited to watch Gardner Campbell’s Ecologies of Yearning keynote again because I remember being really excited by the talk (and the quotes) but in the wirlwind world of conferences, this is about as deeply as I thought about the talk:
The discussion of metaphors that shape our worldviews reminds me a lot of performance theory (Richard Bauman) and the work of Keith Basso in examining Apache language and their conception of place, space, and identity. As we think of conceptualizations of the physical to represent the virtual, looking at the broader ways in which place triggers associations, I think this quote by Dr. Basso is especially relevant:
Place-based thoughts about the self lead commonly to thoughts of other things – other places, other people, other times, whole networks of associations that ramify unaccountably within the expanding spheres of awareness that they themselves engender. p. 55 Basso 1996
Similar to Handy and Sandywell’s argument that subjectivity and objectivity are really dialogues with each other, we can use this think about the image we project when we ‘educate.’ At U-M, we use the phrase (also echoed in our mission statement) ‘leaders and best’ to frame our educational opportunities, research and overall academic engagement. Sometimes this also frames directions for technology investment, studies, and experiments. But how does this slogan get internalized and used in the classroom, outside of the classroom, or in professional careers?
I’ve reflected (hastily and in a superficial way) on some of the questions around the videos in my evernote notes and I believe I’ll leave that for the reflections of the week. I’d like to reflect more on what does ‘opening education’ mean for you? but its time to move forward with the MOOC.
Johnston, R (2009) Salvation or destruction: metaphors of the internet. First Monday, 14(4). Available at: http://firstmonday.org/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/2370/2158