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NOVA Training

NOVA Training

Today marks the end of day 1 of a 3 day NOVA Crisis Response Team (CRT) Basic Training (http://www.trynova.org/help-crisis-victim/crisis-training) To live up to a promise I made to the folks in LDRS 1015… I’ll blog a bit about the basics from day 1. We talked a lot about the ways in which those trained to […]

(Un)Intended Messages

(Un)Intended Messages

School starts back up in 20 days.  Student leaders in the SERVE Living Learning Community move back in 13 days and we start meeting to bring the last pieces together before the new first-year SERVErs arrive.  As part of that, we have been busy trying to set up the many structures and processes that will […]

Participant Observers

Participant Observers

Sorry vtclis12ers… I feel a little late to the party.  I’m sitting here blogging my written portion of the meta-team project and think I’m going to take a bit of a different twist on it.  For one reason, I drafted the text about the story of the medianauts here and don’t want to be redundant.  Also, […]

Mixed Messages

Mixed Messages

In LDRS 1016 this semester, I am currently finding myself in one of those teaching quandaries we often find ourselves in.  In the spirit of open vulnerability, and as a bit of a practical, realistic, and (for LDRSers) relevant “case study” I am going to unpack it here. — The Big Bad Blog Grade Dilemma […]

Mastery, mystery, and…?

Mastery, mystery, and…?

As I read Turkle’s essay on video games, I am truly shocked at just how universal it seems.  While the medium seems to be focused on “techies” or “sci-fi/fantasy aficionados,” I am struck by how the motivations for gaming seem to boil down to two powerful, essential drives in our lives – mastery and mystery. […]

Both and.

Both and.

(Sorry LDRSers, this post probably won’t make too much sense unless you”ve read “Immigrant” by Simak) I just finished the reading and I am struck by to seemingly opposite notions – a both/and rather than an either/or.  Fortunately, I feel like I am in good company, as I’m not the only one “Out of This […]

Unintended consequences.

Unintended consequences.

I struggled trying to blog yesterday after reading the excerpt from “Deschooling Society” by Illich.  It was one of those moments where there are so many things that you want to say, that you actually say nothing.  I often felt the same in class today – we were all riled up and sometimes it was […]

Choose your own adventure.

Choose your own adventure.

(Sorry LDRS 1016ers, this post may not be your cup of tea…) Viola and McCloud should be/must be cronies.  It is interesting to see how they use different media as “ins” into the same essential idea of multiple ways through the same material.  For McCloud, we studied the circular comic and wondered at the different […]

Frames

Frames

In vtclis12 class on Thursday we had our second discussion of McCloud’s comments.  I think we could all agree that it was a day of subtle tricks that unlocked powerful concepts for us all.  It started with Julie’s reading of the comic from right to left (GASP!) and followed with Adam’s link between the comic […]

Time

Time

McClouds comics were rather interesting – I particularly liked his notions that comics could present time elapsing in a single frame and also how past, present, and future can all be displayed simultaneously.  It reminds me of some of McLuhan and his “with instant speed the causes of things began to emerge with awareness again, […]