Today is Tuesday of week 14, the last week of the semest. It's also December 2 (or March 277, at least that's what it feels like to me!)
Schedule for today
Drop in tutorial: 1-2 pm, open to all.
- Option 1: reserve a spot on this Google appointment page, with additional capacity 2-3pm!
- Option 2: "drop in" anytime, but you may have to wait a bit in the waiting room.
Both are for a Zoom meeting, using the Green Link on your respective Canvas SECRETS pages (or find the info in your Canvas Calendar).
Meets at 5pm over zoom, email me for the link - there are elections for officers!
Tech and teaching: Against surveillance
Since we transitioned to remote learning and teaching in the spring, the use of technology has of course increased tremendously in our day to day lives. Whereas previously you were able to sit through a class with just a notebook and pen, you now have to have a device out, or you can't join the synchronous class, or post to your blog. So much for the advice of "put away all your distractions"!
There has also been an increase in surveillance technology, for instance to proctor exams. There has always been a lot of this already built into a site like Canvas, but it could be even worse. Today, there was an event that many of my friends and colleagues tweeted about under the hashtag #AgainstSurveillance. It's a very rich conversation and I encourage you to have a peak at what is going on nationally, so you will have the language to fight back against what may be coming for you, not so much at 'Berg, but when you go to grad school or take courses elsewhere over the summer in future.
I think this tweet sums up a lot of what's behind my thinking: we use a lot of "tech" and digital tools in my courses, but I hope that for all of them, you feel there is a point, and you are in control of your work. You can, at the conclusion of the course, delete your blog, export your work, or delete your hypothes.is annotations. I'll clear out the Cloud Lounge at the end of the semester, too. Canvas has no meaningful data to crunch on you, to measure how "engaged" you were to predict your score in a future course. We're not feeding the monster* of algorithms, instead we're feeding your learning. Feeling or actually being watched all the time is, in my experience, not conducive to learning.
"If a student learns something, but there is no instructor present to record a grade, has learning happened?"
* Note that some of what prompted me to write that post has since been ditched at Canvas, but I still don't feel comfortable feeding the site too much of your data. If I could find a non-Canvas solution for sharing grades that's safe and FERPA compliant, I would.