Comment on The Web We Want and the Stories We Tell by CogDog

Sirius reflections indeed! what a great weaving between the ideas from the writings in the New Media Reader, especially to connect the desired web with the space/potential of comics.

I had some fun this year using the 25 year marker to reflect back and forward on this history. The best find was coming across a TV show from 1993 about the web, featuring a still enthusiastic Howard Rheingold and some interesting forecasts about what the web might become (meaningful for me as that was they year I first clicked into the web):

I went back to a reflection Berners-Lee wrote in 1998 as a “short personal history of the web” in 1998 (

“The dream behind the Web is of a common information space in which we communicate by sharing information. Its universality is essential: the fact that a hypertext link can point to anything, be it personal, local or global, be it draft or highly polished. There was a second part of the dream, too, dependent on the Web being so generally used that it became a realistic mirror (or in fact the primary embodiment) of the ways in which we work and play and socialize. That was that once the state of our interactions was on line, we could then use computers to help us analyse it, make sense of what we are doing, where we individually fit in, and how we can better work together.”

To me we’ve reached much of that second part of the dream, with some question of how realistic that mirror is; the web wanting is are we headed towards a place where computers are helping make sense of what we are doing and helping us work better together (very Englebart-ish).

siriusly yours ;-)

Comment on Time frames and the web by A. Nelson

I love Scott McCloud’s Ted Talk! The first time I led the NMS we watched it and I posted about it here:
The link to the Ted Talk is on that post in case people can’t view it here (for some reason the video isn’t showing up for me now).
Also, I’d say that the work you do with the online course exhibits develops the “infinite canvas” concept and the networked interaction of the web in unique and inspiring ways. Very cool stuff.

Comment on A question for future instructors by Miko

I think that my field (learning science and instructional technology) forces me to have an eye on the latest trends in technology. I think in my case, I will keep that habit when teaching courses. It is always important to read and to discover what is out there. There is always something new that could be implemented, or a role model who can continue to shape our teaching style. I think that keeping an eye open to what others are doing can be useful for us.
Thanks for your contributions. It was great collaborating with you. Good luck and have a nice break!

Comment on A question for future instructors by Tyler H.

Well…what do you think?

I think…that yes, it’s important to revitalize my material each semester, even if some of the basic foundation stays the same. This helps me make sure that my material is really relevant to my students, especially by updating slides or discussions with info from current events (even better if they are on-campus happenings!). I want to make sure my thoughts and teaching reflect current research and best practices, with the added bonus that I get less bored if I revise my material every so often! This helps me be more invested and engaged with my students, rather than teaching becoming rote.

Comment on Time for Co-Learning by A. Nelson

Your situation sounds ideal in so many ways — good for your students, good for your research, and good for you! I’m in a field (history) where books and articles are the most valued kinds of scholarship.
My “recalibrations” this term weren’t particularly innovative — just a more mindful allocation of how I spent my time. While I still saw my courses as 24/7 engagements, I carved out some regular hours for research (not as many as I used to, but more than I’d managed in my first semesters of mostly on-line interaction). I also figured out how to work with my student editors in ways that helped us curate the content on a predictable weekly schedule, and gave me more time to read, comment and reflect on what the class was creating (because the student editors managed lots of the technical / formatting details). And honestly, I think I might have felt like everything was quite manageable if we hadn’t had so many technical glitches. Our WordPress platform was incredibly slow and unstable all semester, which just ate….into…..the….hours…..we……all….could…..have….used……..much….more….effectively. It’s maddening to be at the mercy of forces you don’t control, and to see your students suffer as a result. So I’m really looking forward to the final unit of Connected Courses to get some insight on best practices for keeping my courses out of the blogtalk garage in the future!