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My inquiry project is about the relationship between digital technology and educational communication system. As digital technology develops, students are more into social media like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. and eventually outdated email, which is the most common way to communicate within educational environment. Thus, by acquiring, analyzing and criticizing information from both academic and substantial sources of the problem, I get to the point that educational communication system should be updated to follow with the modern technology and students’ references.  Below is the link to my work.

http://nguyenht43.wordpress.com/2014/07/31/education-communication-system/

 

 

Groupthink in Beta

Mirna Shaban

  1. Is the purpose of the Inquiry Project clear?  Does it clearly address a problem, provide necessary background information to understand the problem, and establish a thesis to respond to the problem?  Is the thesis clear, debatable, and significant?

_ The purpose of inquiry project beta is clear as it wants to inform the involvement of the social media in Egypt Revolution. However, it does need to provide more background information to understand the problem better. The thesis is also clear.

  1. Is the research included in the Inquiry Project substantial?  Does the author draw from quality sources to establish key ideas (definitions, concepts, claims, etc.) regarding the project’s focus?

_ The research in the Inquiry Project is substantial but the quality from the sources is uncertainty. It needs more authority in order to establish key ideas or using those ideas in the essay. For example, Rasha A. Abdulla, not everyone knows who she is.

  1. Are the sources appropriately referenced and cited?  Are signal phrases fully utilized?

_ The sources are appropriately referenced and cited with fully utilized signal phrase.

  1. Are the main points of the argument to support the thesis clear, well-reasoned, and sufficiently supported with the research?  (Indicate what is particularly at issue and explain.)

_ To me, the main points of the argument support the thesis pretty clear. They are all constructed toward the final draw of social media toward Egypt Revolution

  1. What’s the most important thing the author needs to consider and/or add before completing the Inquiry Project for the course?

_ I think the paper needs to inform the audience general information about Egypt Revolution, concise the sentences and use more authority voice.

 

Love to Think

  1. Is the purpose of the Inquiry Project clear?  Does it clearly address a problem, provide necessary background information to understand the problem, and establish a thesis to respond to the problem?  Is the thesis clear, debatable, and significant?

_ The purpose of the Inquiry Project is clear. It is good that it is provided the background information to help the audiences have better ideas of the problems. The thesis is clear.

  1. Is the research included in the Inquiry Project substantial?  Does the author draw from quality sources to establish key ideas (definitions, concepts, claims, etc.) regarding the project’s focus?

_ The author needs to draw the authority voice within the paper

  1. Are the sources appropriately referenced and cited?  Are signal phrases fully utilized?

_ The sources are appropriately referenced and cited.

  1. Are the main points of the argument to support the thesis clear, well-reasoned, and sufficiently supported with the research?  (Indicate what is particularly at issue and explain.)

_ Mostly the paper uses testimony to support its main ideas which makes the thesis strong and stand out.

  1. What’s the most important thing the author needs to consider and/or add before completing the Inquiry Project for the course?

_ Since the paper is incomplete, there is not much that I can give suggestion. But it is a good start; it is needed to break down the paragraph to make the point clearer. Although testimony is good, but higher authority voice will make the paper sound stronger with the idea from expert in the area.

 

 

Sharpening My Tools

1. Engelbart, Douglas . “AUGMENTING HUMAN INTELLECT: A CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK.”Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework. Doug Engelbart Institute, n.d. Web. 28 July 2014. <http://www.dougengelbart.org/pubs/augment-3906.html>.

2. Nelson, Theodor. “From Computer Lib / Dream Machines.” . New Media Reader, n.d. Web. 28 July 2014. <http://www.newmediareader.com/book_samples/nmr-21-nelson.pdf>.

3. Kay, Alan, and Adele Goldberg. “Personal Dynamic Media.” . New Media Reader, n.d. Web. 28 July 2014. <http://www.newmediareader.com/book_samples/nmr-26-kay.pdf>.

4. Rubin, Courtney. “Technology and the College Generation.” The New York Times. The New York Times, 28 Sept. 2013. Web. 28 July 2014. <http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/29/fashion/technology-and-the-college-generation.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&>.

5. Mangan, Katherine. “Digitally Savvy Students Play Hide-and-Seek With Campus Messages.” The Chronicle of Higher Education. Chronicle, 10 Sept. 2012. Web. 28 July 2014. <http://chronicle.com/article/Digitally-Savvy-Students-Play/134224/>.

6. Kolowich, Steve. “How Will Students Communicate? @insidehighered.” How Will Students Communicate? @insidehighered. Inside Higher Ed, 6 Jan. 2011. Web. 28 July 2014. <http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2011/01/06/college_technology_officers_consider_changing_norms_in_student_communications#sthash.L0H7Evh3.ipa3WQph.dpbs>.

7. Yakura, Elaine. “Learning to See: Enhancing Student Learning through Videotaped Feedback.” College Teaching 57: 177-183. Print.

8. Shea, Timothy. “Using Online Video to Support Student Learning and Engagement.”College Teaching 59: 56-59. Print.

9. Park, Julian, Stephen Gomez, Paul Orsmond, Karsten Lundqvist, Robyn Drinkwater, Clare Lawson, Stephen Maw, Alice Mauchline, and Anne Crook. “The use of video technology for providing feedback to students: Can it enhance the feedback experience for staff and students?.” Computers & Education: 386-396. Print.

10. Qi, Jiang, and Robert Weaver. “Classroom Organization And Participation: College Students’ Perceptions.” The Journal of Higher Education 76: 570-601. Print.

 

Some Assembly Required

Spake Zuckerberg, the Facebook founder, said “we don’t think a modern messaging system is going to be e-mail” when his company release its messaging platform (Inside Higher Ed). His statement implies the fact that email will be outdated soon. There are many factors that lead to the end of email, but the major one is its structure. In Domics’ Youtube video about Email, he points out through his demonstration video; it can take students hours to write an email because they do not know what to start with. They do not know how to address their professors so that sounds like “an email” but still reveals their personalities. Plus, since college students (younger generation) get used to text language so much, they felt awkward to write real language. The “formal idea” of writing an email also creates pressure upon students. Some of them actually give up on writing professor email. Behind grade, email seems to be a biggest problem to college students. In fact, Mr. Jones, a professor at the University of North Caroline who helped to write the first code for the university’s first e-mail program, admits that he gives up on email in 2011. Now to him, “email is like sinkhole where knowledge goes to die” (NY Times).

Inquiry Project Beta

For decades, email has been a primary communication tool in educational system. Every higher education institutions have an email system; and every college student has an “edu” email. Email seems like a must-have items that is required in education. However, due to the fast-pace development of technology, email is slowly fall apart and become an uninterested thing as one sophomore college student said “Email has never really been a fun thing to use. It’s always like ‘This is something you have to do.’ School is a boring thing. Email is a boring thing. It goes together” (NY Times). It is a true statement. As Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media website developed, email comes to its downfall very quickly, and creates many communication differences between professor and students. While professors mainly depend on email to communicate, many students do not even realize that they own a school email account. The inequity in communication between two main groups becomes an ongoing concern and problematic to educational leaders and professional people, which also leads to the question: Should educational communication system be updated to follow up with the modern technology?

The answer here is yes; universities and colleges have been tried hard to follow up with students’ demand, but they are not going anywhere. The problem here is that “education is unwilling to give up on email.” Many of the professors argue that email is the best way to let students practice their writing skills and be excellent in written communication. However, while younger generation is unwilling to use email, the force of writing a good email is not practical. And as usual, students try to avoid doing so by not sending email to ask professors questions even when they need it. If these problems keep occurring, as a result, it may lead to the downfall of the education system as a whole.

Spake Zuckerberg, the Facebook founder, said “we don’t think a modern messaging system is going to be e-mail” when his company release its messaging platform (Inside Higher Ed). His statement implies the fact that email will be outdated soon. (playing Domics’ video). There are many factors that lead to the end of email, but the major one is its structure. Just as Domics points out through his demonstration video, it can take students hours to write an email because they do not know what to start with. They do not know how to address their professors so that sounds like “an email” but still reveals their personalities. Plus, since college students (younger generation) get used to text language so much, they felt awkward to write real language. The “formal idea” of writing an email also creates pressure upon students. Some of them actually give up on writing professor email. Behind grade, email seems to be a biggest problem to college students. In fact, Mr. Jones, a professor at the University of North Caroline who helped to write the first code for the university’s first e-mail program, admits that he gives up on email in 2011. Now to him, “email is like sinkhole where knowledge goes to die” (NY Times). The second major that leads to the downward of email is visualization. According to communication textbook, email is among the lean communication media choices which have less visual and interaction with the audience (MGMT325 VCU textbook). Although visual can be a fun thing to do sometimes, email makes it boring because of its formal structure. One passage in email seems like a whole long essay that one has to read, since it is all about words, no space, no pictures or video. There is nothing fun in reading email alone. While educators try to make students think outside of the box, email limits that ability and tries to condense knowledge into a box and lets it die. It turns knowledge into a dwell flower with no life spirit. To a remote distance to the quote “Experts in any field rarely want people to understand what they do, and generally enjoy putting people down” (Computer Lib, Dream Machines), educators is not experts, they are interpreters, who explained and interpret the textbook language into sort of language that students can understand. The main purpose of teaching is to make students understand and enjoy the lessons. However, since email is unable to provide the enjoyment among students; there is no help in using email to explain the material to students. The third least but not last reason for outdated email is that students cannot freely express themselves through it although it is a communication tool. Being able to use email to show off self, students must be really good at writing; but unfortunately, not every student likes writing. Thus, all three major reason above is what contribute to the downfall of email system.

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Interior Design

  1. What is typically understood about your topic, providing necessary background of the issue.

_ Email is outdated and students hate email. Although email has been a typical way to communicate around higher education, students are driving it out by its lack of visualization and boredom. Professors and other staffs hardly grasp students’ attention and their demand in the way of communication. Email is boring and school is boring; they go together and students hate it.

  1. What you find problematic about the typical understanding of your topic, and why this problem is significant to understand.

_ Students are not interested in email which cause problematic because most of their professors and staffs expect them to use and announce the change within the classroom through email. This is significant because if it is going to continue in the long term, students and professors can’t find their common ground way to communicate anymore which means the quality of education go down.

  1. How the research you’ve conducted weighs in on (2) and helps frame how you understand the issue at hand

_ Professors can get students’ attention to their announcement by using more visual communication tools which are more affective, interested, and fun. It also helps to promote building the professional relationship within the schools. Online video feedback could be one of them. It has been proved to be effective on students. Professors can also offer online office hours using Google hangout+ or Skype, which is very consideration to commute students and those who are physically distance from their office or schools. Offering receiving text messages or set up a class facebook, twitter page to make announcement could be a good ideas. The solely importance ideas is that to make students not get bored of schools through communication.

  1. Your thesis; what you think people should embrace instead of (1) given (2) and (3).

_ Email is outdated and schools need to improve their communication system to meet up with students’ demand on technology and interest.

  1. The main points of your argument you wish to address demonstrating why (4) and the support you have for these points.
  • Email is outdated
  • Visualization and communication
  • Technology and its role in higher education
  • What do students want?
  • Suggestion

Investigators Assemble

  1. Doug Engelbart, Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framwork: : Visualization is very important in communication. This is what I try to prove that email is outdated.
  2. Theodor H. Nelson, Computer Lib, Dream Machines: remotely related to the topic, as video email and other online tools makes it easier for the students to communicate with their professors. It will drive out the ideas of “experts does not like to give straight answer”
  3. Alan Kay and Adele Goldberg, Personal Dynamic Media: Make me realize that there are two types of communication which is active and passive
  4. Courtney Rubin, Technology and the College Generation: Email is outdated and boring. Students have no interested in email, and usually miss their class announcement because of not checking their email daily

(http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/29/fashion/technology-and-the-college-generation.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&)

  1. Katherine Mangan, As Student Scatter Online, Colleges Try to Keep up: As students do not like email, they are moving away from the schools and their professors’ announcements. Colleges and University do their best to keep up with students through other social media like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

(http://chronicle.com/article/Digitally-Savvy-Students-Play/134224/)

  1. Steve Kolowich, How Will Students Communicate? The way students will communicate later is very different with the old generation. And definitely email is not one of those communication way listed on the research.

(http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2011/01/06/college_technology_officers_consider_changing_norms_in_student_communications#sthash.L0H7Evh3.6fe88zGh.dpbs)

  1. Elaine K. Yakura, Learning to See: Enhancing Student Learning through Videotaped Feedback: Videotaped feedback gives students the better chance to understand what the professors try to feedback of their questions.
  2. Pamela Sherer and Timothy Shea, Using Online Video to Support Student Learning and Engagement: include how good online video can help students to study and indirectly lead to the end of email
  3. Multiple authors, The Use of Video Technology for Providing Feedback to Students: Can It Enhance the Feedback Experience for Staff and Students? Another website about the enhancing online
  4. Robert R. Weaver and Jiang Qi, Classroom Organization and Participation: College Students’ Perceptions: different perception of students in the classroom by different technology devides

 

Filling My Toolbox

  1. Doug Engelbart, Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framwork
  2. Theodor H. Nelson, Computer Lib, Dream Machines
  3. Alan Kay and Adele Goldberg, Personal Dynamic Media
  4. Courtney Rubin, Technology and the College Generation

(http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/29/fashion/technology-and-the-college-generation.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&)

  1. Katherine Mangan, As Student Scatter Online, Colleges Try to Keep up

(http://chronicle.com/article/Digitally-Savvy-Students-Play/134224/)

  1. Steve Kolowich, How Will Students Communicate?

(http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2011/01/06/college_technology_officers_consider_changing_norms_in_student_communications#sthash.L0H7Evh3.6fe88zGh.dpbs)

  1. Elaine K. Yakura, Learning to See: Enhancing Student Learning through Videotaped Feedback
  2. Pamela Sherer and Timothy Shea, Using Online Video to Support Student Learning and Engagement
  3. Multiple authors, The Use of Video Technology for Providing Feedback to Students: Can It Enhance the Feedback Experience for Staff and Students?
  4. Robert R. Weaver and Jiang Qi, Classroom Organization and Participation: College Students’ Perceptions

 

Link to Connections (Friday, 07/18/2014)

ColinMC20: I see that he has the similar thought with me as he links to this thought pretty well. He talks about cell phone and he knows pretty sure that the emotion side affect of technology could be split into two category. One is negative and other is positive. He knows and expert on his topic that there is a stronger argue on one side of the problems, and he will probably cross over one more than the other. Thus, he has the same ideas as me as we both want somebody to happen reading our paper and give out comment or critical thinking. We somewhat share the same category since he is talking about how technology impacts on emotion sides while I am trying to show that with the technology nowadays, communication system within schools can be better. We both fall under the big umbrella of the relationship between psychology/ sociology and technology. He is more about the inside of the person while I am more of outside in the communication way. Emotion and visualization are two big factors in communication.

 

M1ke: After reading his future thought, I think he will write a good paper. I can feel his passion throughout the fact that he wants to prove to us of how tracking technology is useful to human, especially those who has chronic diseases. He also knows his topic very well. I see how he connects his thought with his topic. Plus, he can relate the problem to himself as well since tracking devices is helpful to everyone, and increasing exercise will get better in result for any health/ fitness goals. He is getting there. Also, I think that we somewhat share a similar category as we both talk about outside factors that is good and could improve our life. They are there to make life easier to human. They are inventions, thoughts, and ideas that other people have spent their life to make it happen. We use the good of what out there and apply them to our life to make it more interesting and easier.

 

Thought from a Unicorn: It seems like she wants to write about the good side of Facebook. She wants to look at facebook in the different way and make the best out of it. I am not so sure I understand her topic well, but her writing makes me feel that she is getting there. She knows what she wants to talk about. By look at the picture in her “future thought,” she seems to write about how people use facebook to show another self. There are people who are very social on facebook but intimated in real life. It seems like a psychology/ sociology side of the problem. Thus, I feel like we have close related connection in our thought as we both fall under the same category of psychology/ sociology and technology devices.