Documentary

The documentary is done!  It was interesting to see how different departments saw the use of technology.  What I was pleased about was that the interviewees talked mostly about the positive aspects of technology, and that I didn’t really hear anything about the downfalls of the use of internet or computers on research.

I was reminded of the Chronicle article from about a year ago called “The Shadow Scholar: The man who writes your students’ papers tells his story,” and had expected at least one professor to mention cheating at the very least, maybe even discovering a student who had paid someone else to write their paper for them.

Instead, these faculty and staff members talked about how amazing it is that we can get online degrees, research using the library from home, and other aspects of learning that we had not thought possible ten years ago.  While I had gone into our topic thinking that it would be material I had already thought about, after the final product I finally realized that it really is amazing that we can get online degrees and research using the library from home.  If nothing else, it means that if it is cold outside I don’t have to walk from my house to the library to find articles and read books.  Instead, I can pull up the NetLibrary and take notes directly into Zotero, tagging it with keywords and information about where I will put it in my paper.  If I’m on campus with a few extra minutes to kill and I don’t have my computer with me, I can go to the library computers, pull up the card catalog and check out a relevant book.  It’s raining outside? That’s fine, I’ll just log into my Zotero and take notes directly onto my account, and then put the book back when I’m done with it.  It really is amazing.

 

 

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Documentary

The documentary is done!  It was interesting to see how different departments saw the use of technology.  What I was pleased about was that the interviewees talked mostly about the positive aspects of technology, and that I didn’t really hear anything about the downfalls of the use of internet or computers on research.

I was reminded of the Chronicle article from about a year ago called “The Shadow Scholar: The man who writes your students’ papers tells his story,” and had expected at least one professor to mention cheating at the very least, maybe even discovering a student who had paid someone else to write their paper for them.

Instead, these faculty and staff members talked about how amazing it is that we can get online degrees, research using the library from home, and other aspects of learning that we had not thought possible ten years ago.  While I had gone into our topic thinking that it would be material I had already thought about, after the final product I finally realized that it really is amazing that we can get online degrees and research using the library from home.  If nothing else, it means that if it is cold outside I don’t have to walk from my house to the library to find articles and read books.  Instead, I can pull up the NetLibrary and take notes directly into Zotero, tagging it with keywords and information about where I will put it in my paper.  If I’m on campus with a few extra minutes to kill and I don’t have my computer with me, I can go to the library computers, pull up the card catalog and check out a relevant book.  It’s raining outside? That’s fine, I’ll just log into my Zotero and take notes directly onto my account, and then put the book back when I’m done with it.  It really is amazing.

 

 

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