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Jessica Handloff

Resistance is (Apparently NOT) Futile! - Digital "Cheating"

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Researchers at Harvard and MIT found that students enrolled in various MOOCs exploited a design feature to create multiple accounts in order to "harvest" correct answers from dummy accounts to earn better scores on their primary account.

Kids these days, amirite?

The answer is: no, I am not "rite," considering finding ways to cheat isn't exactly a new problem, so it should come as no surprise that within the institutional apparatus that is the academy, new modes of practice are challenged, resisted, overtaken, etc. by students. However, I don't link this article to shake my fist and shout "get off my lawn" to the cheaters out there, or to stim discussion among us about anti-cheating measures in technology. Rather, I think it's interesting to consider the many ways in which resistance emerges in the classroom.

How else does technology in the classroom contribute to students' resistance? Or--bear with me here--engage in its OWN forms of resistance?

 

(Hint: Skynet comes online.)

Jessica Handloff

Is the Digital Divide really a "thing"?

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An AP-NORC study says...not really. Of course, their study is US-based, so this doesn't address international issues of access. Additionally, this article, and apparently this study, mainly focused on access to news and information via social media. Are there still concerns for the classroom when we talk about incorporating new technologies?

Jessica Handloff

Shameless Self-Promotion (Or, How I Learned to Love the D.H. Hill Library Makerspace)

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Makerspaces. They're not your average classrooms. They're not your average...room, rooms. I'd like to start thinking about ways to engage students with scholarship outside of the typical lecture hall or desks-in-rows setting. Creating projects, models, and experiences that reflect theory, criticism, etc. in new ways. See: Critical Making as a way to extend, enrich, rethink, unthink.

An excellent place to start is the D.H. Hill Library Makerspace.