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The Copenhagen Letter, 2017

To everyone who shapes technology today

what about those who don't have the capacity to be shaping technology today? what is their role? where is their voice? (no document can include EVERYbody, but it's worth noting who is not being addressed or included in this document)

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The Copenhagen Letter, 2017

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but also... we should problematize who gets to decide what is considered universally humane, even while recognizing it as a good social justice orientation...

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The Copenhagen Letter, 2017

We must seek to design with those for whom we are designing.

but this entails recognizing the power those who are able to "design" have (because of their technical competence, social clout, financial ability, or time availability), and perhaps questioning how inclusive our design practices are. Just because one person feels the design is good for others doesn't mean it is... how much participation in design decisions is there?

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The Copenhagen Letter, 2017

Let us move from human-centered design to humanity-centered design.

I love this statement. It made me reflect on the difference between human and humanity, and whether they mean thinking about the social/collective rather than the individual, and how the word "humanity" implies a value orientation, whereas "human" seems to be value-neutral.

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From Written to Digital: The New Literacy

In a deterministic system, like that of a computer, a single input leads to a single output: cause leads to effect.

not so for neural network type algorithms, which control much of the internet (or some of it, anyway) today

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From Written to Digital: The New Literacy

This pilot program has worked with faculty who teach core courses, ranging from composition to calculus, to build digital literacy skills into their classes

YES! Exactly what we need to do - a program for helping faculty integrate digital literacy into their curricula (esp core curriculum faculty)

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From Written to Digital: The New Literacy

Obtain

needs a stronger word, along the lines of "evaluate" or "vet" or "informed selection and use" or such. Obtain sounds like being able to download or buy something!

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From Written to Digital: The New Literacy

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oh ok it's right above that :) but it's worded weirdly, like "obtain"???

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From Written to Digital: The New Literacy

Learn software quickly.

Yes but where is the part about choosing which software to use when and how, and recognizing risks and benefits and such?

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From Written to Digital: The New Literacy

what is truly needed in higher education today is integration of digital literacy throughout the curriculum,

Agree completely. It needs to be integrated and infused throughout the curriculum where appropriate

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From Written to Digital: The New Literacy

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here was again an opportunity to focus on critical use, and the emphasis is totally NOT coming out...

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From Written to Digital: The New Literacy

earning to form computational structures and to think digitally are requisites not only for employment but also for intellectual independence

I like this statement as it touches upon personal empowerment...

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From Written to Digital: The New Literacy

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I'm still seeing this explanation of digital literacy as instrumental rather than critical... I don't know if the article goes further later on, but I think "using tech to solve problems in settings" is not the same as having good judgment in doing so, or being critical in doing so, and I think this article, or any like it, needs to go further, beyond the utility of technology. Does that make sense?

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Marginal Syllabus as OER and OEP

transformed

I love this because it's not an assumption that digital is open by default but that opening it is a transformation

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UniverCity: Images of Success and Structures of Risk. | The Disrupted Journal of Media Practics

For-profit schools are multiplying at an incredible rate and being funded by money machines … to sell dreams to people, young and old. The problem is those dreams don’t exist. These schools are churning out thousands of graduates to an industry without jobs. The only selection process at these types of schools is can you pay or can you sign this student loan from the government.  Your aptitude and your potential talent is never evaluated. Guidance counselors (sic) never reveal the reality of the industry you’re getting into or your odds. In most cases these diploma mill types of schools teach very little of value and even those that do now have cranked out so many others it doesn’t matter. (Squires, 2013)

should this be an indented quote? it seems like the entire paragraph is a quote...

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UniverCity: Images of Success and Structures of Risk. | The Disrupted Journal of Media Practics

Taking a cue from the Occupy movement, as does Giroux, the project occupies the space of the existing University – and in this sense is unrepresentable. Such a project can have no architecture, no totalising vision.

very interesting idea - the project, and how it is unrepresentable because it occupies the space of the traditional institution even while challenging it

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On @vconnecting as Affinity Space 1/2

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Yes! We have VC articles! http://virtuallyconnecting.org/publications/ One is peer-reviewed and addresses VC as connected/connectivist non-course. The other good one is the prof Hacker piece

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On @vconnecting as Affinity Space 1/2

Everyone, if they wish, produce and not just consume.

Do people know the pathway to production not just consumption?

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On @vconnecting as Affinity Space 1/2

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Now realizing ppl whose passion is only slightly different aren't necessarily encouraged enough

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On @vconnecting as Affinity Space 1/2

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Hmm yeah. Most of us don't have a high status at our institutions. Someone yday called me a "senior academic from Egypt" which is nonsense. I am less than 40, been a professor for 3 years, am not tenure track, am well liked but not particularly powerful (at all) in my f2f context. Yet i have high status online. Kinda like Bonnie Stewart's research (and she's in a similar situation, as are many ppl in our team and many ppl we consider celebs at our conferences)

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