Week 5 Journal

1 Aug

How do you judge the value of expertise on the Web?

How I judge the value of expertise completely depends on whether I’m seeking the information for academic use or for personal use, but there are a few basic necessities for either case:

  • The website must look professional.
  • The website must be well organized.
  • The website must have a logical site map.
  • The website must be virtually free of grammatical errors.
  • Pictures are also usually appealing to me. It’s not a necessity, but I enjoy a nice photo or graphic amidst a few long pages of plain text.

If its for academic use, then the value of expertise is based on the person’s level of education and amount of experience with the subject. For instance, I’ll probably pay more attention to a webpage produced by Dr. Jane Doe than by Mrs. Jane Doe, especially if they are affiliated with a reputable university. Experts should identify themselves as such, and at the very least identify themselves as the authors of the websites.

If it’s for personal use, then the value of expertise is based on how they present themselves and how other followers feel towards them. Do they seem to care about the knowledge they’re sharing? Do they respond to comments and answer questions? Do they receive positive feedback from followers?

Does it differ from your notion of expertise in face-to-face settings? – Yes

In face-to-face settings, I value the expertise of educated, experienced people who are respected by others and who professionally and logically present themselves and their information. In a formal setting, experts should be professionally dressed and speak eloquently. If they have presentation materials, they should be ascetically pleasing, logically organized, and free of grammatical errors.

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There is a Time and Place for Everything

27 Jul

I really enjoy the ability to use Web 2.0 tools virtually anywhere I want. I think that most people do. However, you have to use judgement about when and where to use certain tools.

There was an awkward experience at work yesterday, because a woman who I work with didn’t think about what was appropriate for the workplace. For the sake of privacy we’ll call her Jane Doe. Jane Doe likes to listen to podcasts at work. It’s always been innocent, but yesterday she decided to listen to a podcast of a romance novel; a very risqué romance novel. Since I work near her office, I unfortunately heard the entire seven chapters she got through. It was completely inappropriate and made me feel extremely uncomfortable, but I was too embarrassed to ask her to turn it down.

So this leads me back to my original statement. Think about what you’re doing before you do it! Does anyone else have a story about an awkward experience caused by technology and/or web 2.0 tools?

Technology Dependency

26 Jul

While following my online communities about wedding planning, I stumbled upon an idea that had never occurred to me before: an unplugged wedding ceremony. What that entails is asking your wedding guests to turn off their cameras and cell phones throughout the ceremony to encourage them to be fully present in the moment and take it all in without the distraction of technology.

However, when I brought the idea up to my family their reaction stunned me: shock, apprehension, and a touch of distress. All of this dismay over thirty to forty five minutes without their smart phones. As a technology junkie myself, who spends the majority of my days glued to my smart phone and laptop, even I understand the importance of unplugging every once. So what’s the problem? It’s not the picture taking, because as I’ve explained to them a couple of times, I’ve hired two amazing professional photographers who will be sharing all of their high quality edited images with everyone for free just a few weeks after the wedding.

I’m assuming that the issue is that our society has become so overly dependent on technology in recent years that sometimes it actually causes anxiety to go without for any length of time.

This probably isn’t what brides typically envision for their wedding day: Sneaking a glance at their guests only to see them staring into their LCD screens. (Photo by Jeff Seltzer Photography)

A sea of view finders. (Photo by Aurora Photography)

Even some brides can’t handle unplugging. This bride is reading her vows from her cell phone. (Photo by 12-1 Photography)

Voki

25 Jul

Week 4 Journal

24 Jul

How do issues such as authorship, copyright and open access impact your desire, ability and willingness to engage in produsage, both personally and professionally?

Issues like authorship, copyright, and open access have little affect on my ability and willingness to engage in produsage.

Don’t get me wrong… I wouldn’t knowingly use someone’s creative product without giving them credit for it. But in today’s world of using search engines to find the first image or video or quote that you can, how can you really be sure that you’re even giving the original author credit? Or how could you know that the image you’re using was actually intended to be sold, but someone else posted it up for free? I think web 2.0 is killing the power of authorship and copyright laws.

In regards to the original creative products that I post online, I do so cautiously. I know that if someone wants to take something I’ve said, a photo I’ve taken, or a video I’ve produced and represent it as their own, I probably won’t ever know about it. And even if I do find out, what will I do about it? Probably nothing. I don’t post things online that I don’t intend for the world to see and use.

Week 3 Journal

20 Jul

What uses might a collaborative wiki or blog have in your current work environment? How would they support learning and/or performance? What would be the design and implementation challenges if management tried to do this? What would be the design and implementation challenges of a user-initiated effort?

Currently I work as a graduate assistant at FSU, helping the Director of Intern Support establish teaching internships for students finishing up their education degrees. I think a blog could be integrated into our activities to support new student teachers. For instance, after they complete their orientation we could post the materials covered and offer them a chance to ask questions they might have been too nervous to ask in person. Or it could work as a forum for interns to share their experiences and reach out to the other people going through the exact same thing.

Likely it would be the graduate assistant in my position that would design and implement the blog rather than one of the faculty or staff members. Therefore, the primary issue would be keeping it consistent during transitions from one assistant to the next. I think having user-initiated features, like an open forum, could work, but not the full blog. Each semester a new round of interns comes through, so they would probably only follow the blog until the completion of their internship and then the next batch would start following it.

I really like this idea though. I’ll be bringing it up to my boss before our next orientation session this fall 🙂

Dipity: Interactive Digital Timelines

18 Jul

Dipity is a free website that allows users to create, share, and collaborate on interactive digital timelines that can include text, images, videos, audio clips, and links along with the standard date and time stamps. As soon as I discovered this site, the ideas started pouring out…

As a teacher you could ask students to create:

  • A personal timeline like an ongoing autobiography
  • A timeline that outlines a historical figure’s life
  • A historical event’s timeline

As an individual, you could create:

  • A timeline of your company’s history
  • A timeline of your relationship for a wedding website
  • An event timeline to keep attendees informed about where to be and when, maybe even with embedded notes and maps

Those are just a few of the many things you could do with Dipity. Please check it out and share some of your ideas!