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Friday’s Focus: Academic Commons January 2009

Thursday, January 8, 2009

The January 2009 Issue of Filtered, the Academic Commons Magazine, is titled New Media Technologies and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and contains several articles on technology in liberal higher education.

I am particularly interested in the essay by Michael Wesch (recently named a U.S. Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching), From Knowledgable to Knowledge-able: Learning in New Media Environments. He writes: “As we increasingly move toward an environment of instant and infinite information, it becomes less important for students to know, memorize, or recall information, and more important for them to be able to find, sort, analyze, share, discuss, critique, and create information. They need to move from being simply knowledgeable to being knowledge-able.”

Other articles in the issue include a report on the Visible Knowledge Project, which studied the impact of technology on learning in the humanities, and a discussion of electronic portfolios.

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