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I’ve seen the future and it works

At the beginning of February, I participated in a panel at ELI 2016 on “The Future of Place-Based Learning in a Virtual World.” We’d originally conceived of this session as a “debate” (or perhaps a “discussion”), so while I prepared some remarks, they weren’t delivered paper-style. In fact, I had so much fun talking with and listening to Raechelle Clemmons, Diane Graves, and our moderator Bryan Alexander than I wasn’t entirely sure what I actually said.

So I went on Twitter to find out, and made this Storify story with the results.

I can’t drive 55

Signpost: Intersection of Technology and Liberal Arts streets
View from my office

In the US, this is a “day of action” to lobby the FCC in favor of net neutrality. The new badge appearing on my site will link you to the EFF for tips on how to contact your congresspeople and what to say.

I’ve already logged my comments with the FCC; I’ll paste them here if you want to use any of the language:

As a college librarian and instructional technologist, I’ve seen first hand the power of a fast, diverse Internet for teaching and learning. Putting competing information sources in Internet “slow lanes” will damage our ability to conduct meaningful classes in the ways our faculty members know to be best. Our response would be limited to sacrificing the quality of our education, or increasing costs by paying ISPs more for the same services. Neither is acceptable to 21st-century America.

Granting ISPs this power will also prove expensive in rural areas like mine, where we have even fewer options for Internet service. Local subscribers will see their costs for online content and resources go up; community connection hubs like libraries and schools will see their quality of service go down. Subscribers will be coerced to shop and learn where the ISPs’ partners want them to. It will ultimately prove disastrous to rural economic development.

For these reasons, the FCC needs to strengthen its commitment to America’s intellectual, economic, and democratic development by ensuring network neutrality.

I can stop any time I want to

I’m launching this blog to use for the Connected Courses project, and more broadly as a place to post my thoughts on higher ed and educational technology. I’m Joe Murphy, the Director of the Center for Innovative Pedagogy at Kenyon College. I’m quite pleased that I’ve got a small group of faculty at Kenyon who will also be participating in Connected Courses as a local cohort.

I signed up with Reclaim Hosting to start thinking about issues of owning my own digital space, but this blog is the first time I really gave it much thought. Should I blog here? Dust off my old Blogger address? Add a new tag to my ds106 blog? Shoot, owning your own digital space is complicated, even as CPanel makes it easy to just spin up a space and try something out.

I decided that, for me, the answer is to launch a new dedicated space. The main attraction is that this gives me multiple spaces where I could tweak WordPress settings in a real-content context, should I ever actually get around to it. I’m also intrigued with the idea that I might use something like Known to create one big “Joe on the Web” homepage, so I could share pieces of my life as appropriate and still reflect on the whole.