Digital Footprint

Interesting Snippets

I came across Lynetter‘s Flickr account whilst looking for a picture on “digital natives” / “digital immigrants“. She has an area called “Interesting Snippets” which used to be called “Online Developments“. This is my personal dumping ground for various cool quotes, the odd stat, as slides to talk around when describing how things are changing […]

Digital Immigrant

Digital Imperialism: The Tyranny of Technology

The notion of “Millennials” (Howe & Strauss, 2000), “digital natives” (Prensky, 2001), “net gen” (Oblinger, 2005), “technological generation” (Monereo, 2004) and Frand’s (2000) ten attributes of the “information-age mindset” is of great interest to me. Why? Well, my institution was awarded, this year, with some HEA Pathfinder funding to equip some of our lecturers with […]

I am not a student ID number…

In my first blog entry, I mentioned that I had read Dreyfus’ “On the Internet“, which I described as a: …fascinating, philosophical and accessible tome that looked at the Internet and, in particular, distance learning in a critical and provocative way. Oddly enough I went to see Dr David Starkey¬†(“the rudest man in Britain“) who […]

Return to the Rabbit Hole

The rabbit-hole went straight on like a tunnel for some way and then dipped suddenly down, so suddenly that Alice had not a moment to think about stopping herself before she found herself falling down what seemed to be a very deep well. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, L. Carroll (1865) I am still feeling quite […]

Travels in Decalcomania and Hypertextuality

Reading Landow’s seminal work brought me crashing back to 1997, when I was tentatively experimenting with web pages and got all hot and flustered when I discovered a new literary form called HyperFiction. The world wide web was so new, shiny and unsullied – an undiscovered country waiting to be explored. …hypermedia is an enabling […]

Listening to Cyberspace

The moment we invent a significant new device for communication – talking drums, papyrus … – we partially reconstruct the self and its world, creating new opportunities (and new traps) for thought, perception and social experience. E. Davis cited in Cousin 2005, p. 119 Over the weekend, I was fortuitous enough to read the Student […]