I was extremely disappointed in higher-ed panels at SXSWi and I am not the only professor. This particular panel was from a student-only perspective. I would have preferred mix for proper balance and conversation. The other panel was from educator’s perspective, but majority focus was not on using already developed tools, but creating original tools…not too time or cost efficient or community friendly!
While I did not attend all of the higher-ed sessions, I was disappointed at the lack of real world education use. From this panel, the vibe I got was students look at social media as just an alternative to getting someone’s phone number in case they skip class!
- Alex Leavitt – Boston University
- Kelly Sutton – HackCollege
- Kabren Levinson – Bard College
- Archana Ramachandran – Radar/Tiny Pictures/UT Austin
- Diana Kimball – Harvard College
- Laptop is a huge distraction and takes away from real conversation.
- (Small university perspective) Best use of tech is outside the classroom to compliment/stimulate class conversation.
- Online experience is rich because of limited participation; there is no deadweight. (True, but this is problem for professor…must have 100% participation!)
- Tech should be not be solely about making classroom experience easier, but important things productively difficult.
- IM and email lowers barrier between professors and students; leading to lack of respect from student, manipulation and frivolity; professors cannot give up authority to students. (Wow! Never saw this comment coming…do not agree that using these tools lowers my respect/authority, but I do let my students know proper etiquette for using said tools.)
- Throwing money at school programs is not solution; Cannot buy laptops or add online resources without strategy and training of usage.
- Diana: (Re: Backchannel use) “Helpful to look at as murder mystery and look at everyone’s motives.”
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