Day: May 9, 2009

End of a term

This has been the weirdest term. I wind up saying that every term, but each time it is true. I had good classes this time, and accomplished a lot of stuff that we often don’t get to, and yet there was much I didn’t get to do with several classes. It’s also true, though, that I am so, so burned out. I’m teaching this summer, but I’ve already decided we’re going to do it “old school,” with a minimum of computer usage. Just do it the old-fashioned way. I think maintaining the tech support for the courses I’m teaching is just getting to be too much on top of the teaching.

Plenty of tech stuff to do, still, but it will be in support of what other people are doing. Perhaps this will be the positive version of the old saying concerning the cobbler’s children going barefoot. We’ll see.

In any case, congratulations to the graduates, and to a lesser degree to us all for making it through another one.

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Current marketing take on SL

Aliza Sherman notes the cycle of Second Life hype, followed by SL bashing, followed by more hype, followed by declarations that SL is dead. Not so, she says, in “Second Life Is Social Media.” It’s not about education, but it is about the nature of the medium, and much of it has implications for education and other activities in SL, including the downsides. Take a look.

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