Monday, July 27, 2009

American Association of University Professors

These are the videotaped interviews of AAUP organizers from the recently completed "Summer Institute"; posted for your consideration. The issues raised at this working conference revolved around traditional themes of academic freedom, tenure, and shared governance and even more particularly around the immediate concerns of compensation and leadership in hard economic times. Sure to provoke needed discussion amongst faculty, enjoy!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Asian Association of Open Universities' (AAOU) proposal

Here is my proposal as accepted for the AAOU 23rd International Conference to be held in Tehran, Iran November 3-5, 2009:

Technology for Democracy:
Evaluating the Impact of Social Networking on Open Distance Learning Systems
Subtheme 3)c

Todd Alan Price, Associate Professor
Educational Foundations & Inquiry,
National-Louis University, USA.

Great Britain’s Labor government ushered in sweeping higher education reform, using
audiovisual materials to build a high quality education comparable to the Cambridge and Oxford
universities. Chinese “television” and “radio” universities grow, providing “non-traditional”
students access to college. In the United States, Information Superhighway was the slogan
deregulating telecommunications corporations.

Yet only in the 21st century have the benefits truly arrived with the emergence of social

I use videotaped in-depth interviews of education policy makers placed on YouTube to
teach the politics of education. Despite my own experience with video production and online
education, it was not until I was provided the opportunity to run for higher office as a potential
education policy maker that I became convinced of the efficacy of Facebook, YouTube, and
blogging for distance learning. After the campaign ended, I considered using these applications
to develop a robust Open Distance Learning system.

The purpose of this study is to determine whether social networking can advance
democratization through education. Can social networking advance the aims and ends of Open
Learning and the Open University?

My case study considers three research questions: how does social networking
application usage 1) change the role of the student, enhance learning and empower student-led
knowledge acquisition? 2) change the teacher role, develop teacher effectiveness, and improve teacher satisfaction? 3) spur curriculum development?

My work is to convert a course, Social Justice Perspectives on the History and
Philosophy of Education into one offered entirely online. Thus far, I’ve created a course shell, a
“jump” page, and several topics for reading and discussion; my next assignment is to create 6
themes or “course packets” for inclusion.

I began converting my campaign blog into an education blog to discuss education policy
issues. I aim now to engage the public to view the same YouTube videos my class does, and to
post replies to my initial posts on my “Putting the Public back in Public Education” blog.
I use Facebook to network, bringing in former voters outside of my immediate classroom
to discuss the politics of education.

Following the completion of the course, I will administer a student survey, review my
online teacher blog, and analyze curriculum content for themes and patterns.

Social Networking

This is the first post concerning the use of the following Social Network technologies of:
Facebook, YouTube and Blogger to speak about Technology for Democracy. I will invite others to join in this conversation...