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In part, what the emerging networked, hybrid mediated world has de facto produced is an erosion of the boundaries that have separated institutional identities and functions marketing, public relations, pedagogy, student services, etc. Discrete disciplinary hierarchies are coming apart, inadequate to the challenge of crafting and delivering high quality multimedia content. This inadequacy is a mandate for organizational adaptations, such as the following:. EF2: Generally, faculty members craft materials in relative isolation.
If they require assistance, they get help individually, from technical support personnel. Instances where course experiences were intentionally and collectively fashioned by teams of Web designers, graphic artists, audio visual personnel, and content providers are apparently rare. While brilliant ideas and innovations often emerge from individuals, the kind of institutional scaling necessary to tweak, harmonize and deploy elegant and effective mediated educational products requires the following:.
Recognize that educational experiences compete with other sorts of intermediated products and services from entertainment to open source learning , and, as a result, educational content has to be media—rich, intentionally designed, open—ended enough for spontaneity, self—expression and discovery.
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Content platforms must be crafted by teams, with technical, practical, and artistic input from relevant skilled personnel. This requires changes in professional roles, and a growth in decentralized and horizontal systems, as well as in how each stakeholder conceptualizes the relationship to the process, and to other stakeholders. Implicitly, such notions presuppose that effective organizations will have increasingly dynamic and porous boundaries with semi—autonomous workgroups;.
This model also assumes testing, independent feedback with beta testers and focus groups, in a process of continuous input, refinement and improvement …. In order to claim a real and positive difference, fundamental differences must be simply explained and then concretely embodied. Educational environments could offer rich opportunities for developing good design, exciting possibilities, new fields of sociality, and the ability to save time, and enhance teaching and learning, all while having some fun. Cost, ease, and economic or personal gain, the reasonable extension of trust, and the relative security of these interactions — these are key factors in explaining how everyday artifacts, such as the iPhone, or applications, such as FaceBook or Twitter, become popular.
At the same time, the social, political and economic effects of pedagogical and consumer applications can become the target for important critical questions, the kind that Dunne suggests. IPP1: Reconceptualize Intra—Institutional Boundaries and Functions: Possibilities within multimedia content delivery allow for experimentation with content production and circulation beyond the hierarchies of disciplines. Institutions should emphasize the development of interdisciplinary teams devoted to interactively producing the best experience possible [ 1 ]. Learn from the success of the open source software movement: Study, learn, create partnerships and recruit personnel from some of the spectacular organizational and product successes of this sector.
IPP3: Revise definitions of and pedagogy about literacy, creativity, and knowledge production and circulation, to encompass new forms media and communication [ 3 ].
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IPP4: Teach faculty basic visual design literacies, in Ph. IPP5: Develop K—16 teacher preparation modules and professional development classes to enable K—16 faculty and administrators to bridge the mediated epistemological gap between the generations. IIPP6: Deliberately stagecraft some simultaneous content for production and dissemination through different delivery systems live—in—person, streaming, video bytes, podcasts, flash videos, etc. IPP7: Ensure that onerous copyright and patent laws do not retard the public production of indigenous and recombinant products and shackle knowledge production, reproduction and circulation.
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The aggressive expansion of public cultural, scientific and technical communication into corporate property rights copyright and patents represents a profound and long—term threat to innovation and growth, particularly for the developing world [ 5 ]. The result is that the capacity and the authority to act have been radically decentralized and questions about new forms of legitimate authority emerge Benkler ; In a series of articles and lectures, Benkler explains some of the key tensions and questions that this new mode of production brings to higher education in the developed world Benkler, ; ; First, how will institutions effectively negotiate increasingly permeable boundaries with elements of the extra—academic social world, in such a way that extends the range of faculty and student activities while maintaining the necessary academic integrity of institutions?
Secondly, how might institutions restrain an indiscriminate administrative risk—minimization reflex, limiting the desire for centralized control when such control may unduly dilute learning experiences or environment? Finally, how will institutions address the technical and design problems content production and delivery, in a manner that acknowledges that higher education has a new role in a world where knowledge production has been decentralized?
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How to successfully manage these three factors is beyond the scope of this essay, but an acknowledging the importance and significance of these problems is not. For developing countries, particularly those with incomplete communications and knowledge infrastructures, such problems will post—date more immediate issues, such as providing sufficient infrastructure, affordability, and access.
Sandhya Rao describes the current digital divide between the developed and developing world as an issue of structural inequity. These inequities limit the social, political and economic lives of billions of people. Adapting to widespread changes in communication platforms such as blogging, vblogging, tweeting is also an opportunity for mining new ways to enhance and extend in—depth participation of internal stakeholders.
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They facilitate collaborative efforts that allow participants to be both active consumers and producers. Engaged in a collective reimagining of the present and future, creative collaboration is our best chance to leave a positive legacy. We cannot allow our children to live in the heavy detritus of outdated practices and platforms.
As official institutions of cultural production and reproduction, colleges and universities could be part of the vanguard, watching, listening, recognizing, inventing, redeploying and extending new practices and platforms, all the ensembles that are so evident in the everyday communication practices of the young. Or, alternatively, colleges and universities might resist the accelerating pace of change, risking relevance and ultimately, viability. Our educational institutions, are they in the vanguard?
Or are they laggards? Or, worse yet, are they devolving relics? If William Gibson is right and the future is already here but not evenly distributed, all three outcomes are already present, although unevenly dispersed across and within nation—states. Our productive future is tied to recognizing, embracing, interrogating and designing appropriate and responsive communicative platforms that incorporate the productive potentials of disruptive technologies. Collectively, we can design, test and implement platforms of freedom, cooperation, dialog and inclusion.
Or we can design platforms of exclusion, defending formats that are rigid, backward in generationally specific ways, unresponsive and monologic. The values incorporated into design and implementation processes and embodied in communicative routines, are exercises in power. As a generation, we will be judged by what potentials became manifest, and what potentials remained latent, on our watch.
Let us leave an open, active and exciting communicative field to our children, to our students, to the future. He teaches courses on emerging technology, new forms of property and equally new forms of social control; neo—liberalism and twenty—first century policing and corrections; and, justice, media and crime.
Jabbar Al—Obaidi is an associate professor of communication studies and media technology, chairperson of the department of communication studies of Bridgewater State College, and the coordinator of the Middle East Studies Program.
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His research focuses on media and culture, instructional technologies, media literacy, media ethics and practices, teaching and learning in the age of digital media. His interest also includes producing documentary films. He teaches undergraduate course in the area of media and communication theories, media technologies, methodologies, and intercultural communication. He also teaches a graduate course of communication, information, and management. Thanks to Virginia Rivard for her valuable editorial comments, as well as for her editing and proofing.
The Open University in the U. The open source movement has several important lessons for academia and the developing world. These are as follows: A. Open source projects and practices are often relatively decentralized and democratic.
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