I've been wading through the resources generated through our discussion (organized by Jen here) and here's what struck me: As I check out each resource I can remember the context in which it was shared during our discussion. It makes it so much more meaningful that a) I know the person who shared it and b) there is more information surrounding that resource -- a personal story, a critique...whatever. It just reinforces that while the tools for sharing are supporting our professional learning, it's the people and interactions that really make a difference.
Our next seminar discussion is R2D2 - Empowering Online Learning with authors Curt Bonk and Ke Zhang July 21 - August 3, 2008. This is part of our Professional Reading Group Series so be sure to order a copy of the book now and start thinking about the topics you would like to raise!
Also, a couple small housekeeping items:
- You may have noticed a spam message posted to our Social Media in Education archived forum. Thankfully, this is the first time in nearly 3 years I've had to delete a forum post! But it does raise some concerns about our public access here in SCoPE. I deleted the post within 2 hours, tracked the log files for the offender, then deleted the account. Fingers crossed that it won't happen again.
- June 26 - 27 we will be upgrading the Marginalia Web Annotation tool here in SCoPE so the site may be unavailable for a short time.
I was thinking about this topic last night and remembered a story that can be applied to VPD. Here is a link that discusses it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hundredth_Monkey It is supposedly a true story about how things changed in the monkey world. Check it out!