Posts Tagged ‘Research’

back in the USA

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

That’s right, I arrived home on Tuesday, the 26th, at 1:00 am.  Jetlag is still my closest companion right now.  My equilibrium is still off from all of the air travel, and sleep isn’t exactly normal.  When I got in Tuesday morning, I ended up taking Tylenol PM to finally fall asleep around 2:00 AM.  I woke up at 9:00 AMon Tuesday and somehow managed to stay up until 11:00 PM.  I immediately fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow.  That lasted until about 3:00 AM when I woke up and was wide awake.  I read until time to go to work.  I lasted at work until about 2:00 PM yesterday before I finally had to call it quits for the day.  Last night, I did not take any chances and took Motrin PM around 10:00.  That seemed to work, as I was able to fall back to sleep each time I awoke to thunder and lightening, but for some reason, today I still feel groggy and dizzy.  Hopefully this will improve as the week goes on.

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Seek and Ye Shall Find (103)

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011
Image of a WayBack Machine search

It's hard, but it can be done

In my last post, I lamented the fact that I could not find the information I needed for an article I am writing.  Well, with the help of Hamlet Au (SL), I located it using the WayBack Machine found on archive.org.  But the story does not end here, nor was it as simple as just clicking the link for June 06, 2003.  Here is what I had to do.

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Where Will the knowledge be 10 years from now, how bout 1? (102)

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

I am working on a chapter for a would be book. Will the book ever see the light of day? I honestly don’t know, but the article/chapter hopefully will find a home some place. In the process of doing some reading for the piece I am writing, I ran across a reference for a blog posting that I was interested in reading. I did the scholarly thing and went to the works cited, looked up the reference, and dutifully typed the address into my browser, and . . .

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The Debate Rages On: Is Second Life a Game, or Not? (97)

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Up until the beginning of December, I would have argued till the death that Second Life (SL) is not, never has been, and is unlikely to ever be, a GAME.  I am still of the opinion that the way most people define game, it is NOT a game.

However, since one of my friends introduced me to the book Finite and Infinite Games: A Vision of Life as Play and Possibility by James P. Carse, I am beginning to see things in a different light.  When viewed from the definition of an infinite game, Second Life fits the criteria on many levels, the same as real life does.

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Research ain’t What It Use to Be (95) (Oct 30, 2010 6:17 PM)

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

And that is a good thing, right?  I’m sure many will argue with me on this point, but after reading James P. Purdy’s “The Changing Space of Research: Web 2.0 and the Integration of Research and Writing Environments” I know I’m not alone in my way of thinking.  A few post back (quite a few I think) I lamented the fact that many in education, particularly higher Ed, forbid the use of Wikipedia as research.  I hear, and see, this all the time.  I hear colleagues complaining that students use Wikipedia for a resource in the papers, and I see it in assignments sheets: the big, bold, all caps command, DO NOT USE WIKIPEDIA or WIKIPEDIA NOT ALLOWED or some other such command.

Those who have this pedagogy are doing a disservice to their students.  If these educators would teach their students HOW to use Wikipedia instead on forbidding it, they would be teaching them not only critical thinking skills, but as Purdy argues, they also would be teaching them that research in the Web 2.0 environment is very interactive.  So why do they object?  Purdy argues that “these critics object to Wikipedia’s frequent revision by anyone because this ongoing textual revision renders texts unreliable: the research-text-being-written cannot be trusted as a source of knowledge.  They, in other words, object to a public research space being writable” (50).

That one statement says it all!  Research in Web 2.0 is WRITABLE.  With Wikipedia and other Web 2.0 technologies, we have the opportunity to produce knowledge and contribute to research rather than be only passive consumers.  What better way to teach students how to think critically than to have them critiquing the research they find and possibly correcting or contributing to that very research?

It’s time that those who use Web 2.0 become leaders in guiding others how to use these  technologies.  Wikis, blogs, Zotero, Mendeley, and other technologies can allow students to become a part of the conversation, rather than being passive consumers who take it all in and then regurgitate back to us in papers that lack any real meaning.