Wednesday, July 15, 2009

We're fixing the phones

Phone service put on hold. All campus land-line phones will be out from 3 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, until 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, for repairs.

Open education. Professor asks students to post homework on public blog. It went so well, he reports, that he expanded the idea and invited outsiders to join in a course. We'd like to know what you think. Would you enjoy showing your work in a public forum?

1 comment:

  1. As a student whose academic history thus far has been as a distance learner, I want to say YES! I love showing my work in public forums--especially because I get a wide variety of peer review/feedback from a diverse group of people who might not have had access to my work for a variety of reasons.

    This way I can get both scholarly comment (from those who have attended formal post-secondary training) and public opinion (from people all over the world) on my writings.

    To para-phrase a great philosopher, "Much of the world's social norms are something that must be questioned". I agree with this statement so much and I feel blogging has opened up written debate that is normally kept in an academic setting so that those who might not have sought a "higher" education or "questioned" any of their surrounding social norms may begin to do so.

    I realize the economic, business, and political retorts that a person could put forward in the spirit of trying to argue that we shouldn't take for granted the money-making institutions that have become today's university. Yet, if WSU is truly as progressive as it purports to be--it will entertain the idea that access to scholarly discussion (especially student discussion) is something that is worth more than the American dollar... which isn't much, for now!! Good day.