Director, Professional Development & Innovative Initiatives
Associate Professor, English
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Experimentation for the last three years has been conducted with versions of a course called “From Memex to YouTube” with varying populations but roughly the same syllabus and objectives. The course aims to help participants thrive and innovate within the rapid pace of change in information and communications technology (in other words, a fundamental human-computer interface) by introducing them to the powerful visions and conceptual frameworks underlying the development of networked interactive computing.
The primary text used in the course is The New Media Reader (MIT, 2003), beginning with Vannevar Bush and ending with Tim Berners-Lee. The populations have been undergraduates at the University of Mary Washington, first-year students at Baylor University, faculty (interdisciplinary) and staff (IT and library) at Baylor and at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, honors program undergraduates at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, and this semester (in a cross-listed course) honors undergraduate and graduate students at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. In addition, for three semesters, the faculty-staff development seminar has been networked among colleges and universities including Rice University, Baylor University, Houston Community College, Benedictine University, the University of California at Berkeley, St. Lawrence University, Whitman College, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Tulane, the University of South Carolina Upstate, and a group in Second Life including educators across the US as well as in Aruba and Belgium.
This session provides an overview of the seminar design, a description of outcomes and lessons learned over the three years, and a consideration of pedagogical vs. andragogical strategies, with particular attention to difficulties and opportunities outlined in Carroll & Rosen’s classic human-computer interaction essay, “Paradox of the Active User.”
http://gardnercampbell.wetpaint.com/ (syllabi from the last several iterations)