Nascent attempt at using Foam to curate and leverage a personal memex
The commmon digital education spaces created in contemporary higher education strike me as increasingly
Indistinguishable from other places. Devoid of the character of its purpose, people, discipline.
Unable to respond well enough to the needs of individuals and small groups.
Vanilla-isation forces including:
It strikes me that each of the vanilla-isation forces are built upon numerous “common-sense” principles, including (but not limited to)
“to scale” in part means minimising support resources. Which - following “common-sense” - that everything looking the same (i.e. consistent) is a good thing because this minimises confusion which minimises support costs.
i.e. technologies that can’t be changed by people who aren’t allowed to. With the move to cloud-hosted services the population of “allowed” people is diminishingly small. Also Zittrain’s point about generative technologies - that can be changed - raising costs/dangers.
But the narrow focus of “in my box” means that the bigger picture is lost. i.e. that the resulting learning environments are scaleless and placeless. The emergent properties that rise from all these common-sense decisions are lost. At least to those not directly involved in the day to day use of these digital spaces.
To be continued, but some earlier ideas, include
Vendors tend to solve the problem that their customers articulate to them. If the customers are in denial about the true nature of the problem that they need to solve, then vendors provide solutions which reinforce underlying problems, Linking this to wicked problems that aren’t tractable to the define/analysis/solution process may get at why there is a problem
highlight two important sense of place subcategories—place attachment and place meaning. Place attachment typically refers to the bond people feel to a place, which can be positive, negative, or ambivalent. Place meaning refers to more symbolic affiliations with a place that may be influenced by social, economic, or aesthetic considerations. The authors summarized their discussion of place attachment and meaning by describing how these concepts come together to influence a sense of place: “Place attachment reflects how strongly people are attracted towards places, while place meaning describes the reasons for this attraction.” Because of the variety of emotional experiences and intellectual interpretations people may have as they interact with any given place, the sense of place different people experience can vary widely.
There’s gotta be some good stuff out there.