Cyberinfrastructure Analysis

“The Web we Need to Give Students” by Audrey Watters speaks on the educational issues and developments of student digital identity. This article sells the concept that a student’s voice is the key element to their educational growth. The concern however is that the agency for the students to get their voice heard is lost due to the lack of access to a professional network. Gardner Campell, a professor at Baylor University, called new educational software a “personal cyberinfrastructure [that would] not only acquire crucial technical skills for their digital lives but also would engage in work that provides richly teachable moments.”
Gardner Campbell wrote more about cyberinfrastructure in an article called “A Personal Cyberinfrastructure”. Campbell found his answer, “a template-driven, plug-and-play, turnkey web applications that would empower all faculty, even the most mulish Luddites, to “put their courses online.” Staff could manage everything centrally, with great economies of scale and a lot more uptime. Students would have the convenience of one-stop, single-sign-on activities, from registering for classes to participating in online discussion to seeing grades mere seconds after they were posted.” This would be a new age of students and faculty taking on technological advancements. This type of progress allows a whole new environment for digital identities to be born. This new networking of education strengthens student and faculty interaction and building a professional face for students in the professional world.
This idea of agency and control being more prevalent in education software is not a guarantee but has a huge emphasis in most students. In Andrew Rikard’s article “Do I Own my Domain if you Grade it?” he focuses on this initiative factor. There is a unknown element when technology comes into the picture that can interest students attention in a way it was not held before. The idea to a student that they own a domain gives them responsibility and encourages them to grow. This shift from classroom work to them building their own identity online is a new sense of experimentation that can revolutionize a student’s interest.

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4 thoughts on “Cyberinfrastructure Analysis”

  1. Hi Ashley!

    This was a well written summary of the articles, and it seems like you really understood them and their concepts. I’m wondering about your own opinion on them, and how you feel about the idea of having your own domain?

  2. I just showed off your ePort to my whole family! It’s really beautiful! This is a terrific first post, and though I do agree with Mariah’s comment above that I’d like to hear more about your perspective, this is a great summary of the readings (on Monday, I’ll show you how to hotlink the article titles, which will make this even better!).

    Really excited to see where you go with things this semester. Really awesome start here!

  3. I really enjoyed this post! It was a perfect brief but also clear and descriptive summary of each article. Each quote you chose from the articles are very important to understanding the messages of the articles.

  4. This is a great post, I also agree with comments stated above, your writing really drew me in. I think you captured the topics of these articles very well.

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