Iconoclasty 101: Outsiders in Academe
In total agreement about A spaces! In the same way that my brain would shut down when I had to teach in classrooms without windows (OMG nightmare!), I feel my brain shutting down in certain kinds of online spaces, most notably the D2L BS course management system used at my school, and also the insanely expensive boondoggle we have built, our very own LMS called Janux. I am so aware of the constraints of those systems and the way they are closed off from everything I love about the Internet that I just cannot function. Just as I was never a very good teacher in classrooms without windows.
Now, for some people, that is not such a big deal, which is what makes human diversity so weird and exciting. I have to believe teachers if they tell me that they don't care one way or another about windows in a physical classroom. And when people tell me they like using D2L, I have to take that at face value.
I don't like it. They do.
So too with other spaces. I really love Google+, but I am well aware that others feel differently.
It took me forever to figure out how to make Twitter work for me - how to find the windows as it were. Now, though, it works. I use Twitter in very limited ways, but I use it every day and, much to my own surprise, I have to say I would miss it if it were gone.
And again to my own surprise, I am delighted by Pinterest and finding all kinds of ways to use it for my classes.
Other people, however, have a visceral reaction to these hosted services, the same as I have a visceral reaction to classrooms without windows. It just feels WRONG to them to have your stuff inside someone else's software.
So, I don't feel that way myself, but I get it.
End result is that I think the best thing we can do is be aware of all the options and share our experiences widely, learning from each other.
So, thank you for this post!!! And I'm looking forward to learning more.
P.S. About agriculture: if they could, plants would run away screaming when I approach. I do not have a green thumb. :-)
I need my windows! :-)
Blessed is he who lives as he wants.