Thoughts on Three Readings

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For my Intro to Interdisciplinary Studies class, I had to read three articles about IS studies and what it means to have digital scholarship. Some really thought provoking readings, because the first article I read just instantly starts talking about how the common practice model for higher education has now become a place dedicated to turning out students equipped with degrees. Students usually will not be given a wholistic education encompassing different fields and using liberal arts to further enhance their studies in their main field of study.

“But a major failure of our higher-education system is that it has largely come to
serve as a job-readiness program. Instead of helping students learn and grow as
individuals, find meaning in their lives, or understand their role in society, college
has become a chaotic maze where students try to pick up something useful as they
search for the exit: the degree needed to obtain decent employment.” (Colleges Must Reconstruct the Unity of Knowledge by Vartan Gregorian, 2004)

In addition to the first article, the next two articles went on to talk about the benefits of digital scholarship in an age of information. These articles have me better thinking on how to create a better digital presence to present my work, instead of an over glorified online poster. Over the course of the semester, instead of having a lot of my work done online just to be printed off to be graded off-line, a lot of my work will end up online in a public domain for people to see and even have dialogue about.

” . . . contrary to what happens at most schools, where a student’s work exists only inside a learning management system and cannot be accessed once the semester is over – the domain and all its content are the student’s to take with them.” (The Web We Need to Give Students by Audrey Watters, 2015)

“If students experience their domain as a graded extension of the classroom, then their ownership is over ‘assignments.’ How often do traditional ‘assignments’ misrepresent student interests, passion, and rigor?” (Do I Own My Domain if You Grade It? by Andrew Rikard)

I look forward to seeing how not only my education is affected by having an online presence for digital scholarship, but how in 5, 10, 20+ years higher education will look like with the new concept of having permeating scholarship over the course of 4 years. How will students be like when they don’t have their work with them for a few months, but for years or even for a lifetime.

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2 thoughts on “Thoughts on Three Readings”

  1. I am constantly thinking about what Higher Ed will look like down the road a few years. Would maybe think of a final exam question centered around that…

    Great post, and you’ve chosen terrific quotes, which really add a lot to your discussion of the ideas. I love how you embedded them like that. The ePort looks terrific (though check the spelling of “information” in your site’s tagline– a typo?).

    Happy to be working with you this semester!

  2. Nelson Arroyo

    I love your final thoughts on how students acting with their work being attached to their name! I believe it will be a very interesting thing to see, as we watch the evolution of education in the years to come. I personally agree with you about how digital portfolios are a betterment of my own education thus far! Keep up the good work buddy!

    나는 그들의 일에 어떻게 행동하는지 학생들의 이름에 붙여지는 것에 대한 당신의 최종 생각을 좋아합니다! 우리가 앞으로 몇 년 안에 교육의 진화를 보게되면 매우 흥미로운 일이 될 것이라고 저는 믿습니다. 나는 디지털 포트폴리오가 지금까지 내 자신의 교육을 개선하는 방법에 대해 당신과 개인적으로 동의합니다! 좋은 일 친구를 계속 지켜라!

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