I am a librarian – I love to find information. I also realized that at times I am too complacent…google scholar or an academic database is all I need to use. Well…My technology and transformative learning lit review seemed stalled – I was looking for the theoretical underpinnings of the two areas. I’ve used these keywords: transformative learning, ICT, educational technology, educational theory, technology, distance education, online education in a myriad of databases. Found articles that skirted my topic but I was not quite satisfied…then I decided to search twitter.
So this took me on a new path…opened up so many doors and still led me to the scholarly articles I need. Environmental scanning to me is a key tool in finding information – and that includes using what some would consider unconventional tools. I keep hearing we need to teach in places where the students reside…we should also search in places that scholars reside.
I think libraries are very open to “removing” the other; however, are we reaching out to marginalized communities? I want to investigate libraries and information agencies on ways they deal with “otherness”. Some of it can be seen in safe zones for the LGBTQI community but what else are we doing? Are we addressing the other in our collections, through our services? What are we missing and can we ever alleviate all effects of the other?
So I have a book chapter that is out today! Educating Educators with Social Media is the book and I wrote a chapter on using media in libraries…information literacy classes. It was a lot of fun and I hope we can carry on with the projects. I am excited to teach a social media and libraries class this summer. I always need to put a brake on it though…not just use media for media’s sake.
I’m always looking back to Tufte as well…how is the media designed? What are we doing and what are we saying? What genres are adult learners using to navigate the new media and what effect does it have on their learning? Are we creating knowledge through information display?
How does this effect different communities?
Ok so enough questions…I need to find some answers. My research needs to be more clearly defined and attenuated to my audience of education scholars. I need to publish it and get the word out to practitioners. No ivory tower for me – the information does no good if does not reach those who need it.
I’m trying to get a handle on my feelings about higher education. I am at heart a true believer…education is emancipatory…but what is higher education doing? Catering to U.S. News? The cynicism that graduate studies is receiving at times takes my breath away. Positivism, post-structuralism, constructivism, quantitative, qualitative, what do we need and, more importantly, what do the students need? How am I as an educator and a student making a difference?
My students are incredible as are my colleagues…I am reacting the cynicism of the social…disillusioned grad students…the commodification of education…