Future Thoughts (Wednesday, 07/16/2014)

I am looking at my text under the benefit side of the proplem. In the next ten years, my ideas of online office hour will be spread out in all schools along with the developing of technology. It functions pretty simple as the professors/ teachers have a google hangout + professional account, and will be log in there during their office hours. Students can freely call professors/ teachers during their office hours for both class works and personal helps. Basically it works just like skype right now, but I guess it will be a little bit formal since it is a conversation with professors/ teachers. Thus, by ensuring that students can get help from their professors/ teachers when needed despite of the physical distance, it gives students the opportunities to use their wisely time for studying more. However, more important, it is the great tool to build the professional relationship between professors and students which are rarely to happen nowadays due to the limitation of email and how students refuse to continue using the outdating email system of education. To be honest, I do not think that there will be any limitations what this new way of communication will have. First, it is obvious that using the digital way of communication means we can try to maximize the visual elements within the conversation, however there is no way that we can make two parties which have physical distance touch each other within a digital call/ chat online. The second thing I consider is that the lack of laptops among students. However, since it is ten years span, I strongly believe by that time, laptops are cheap and every student has purchase power to laptops. Even if students could not afford one, school would loan students one in order to provide them the best education. I believe my points are true because technology is developing days after days now, thus by 10 years, everyone should be familiar to Google Hangout + or other digital sources to use in online office hour for professors/ teachers depending on schools’ communication system.


I try to make a persuasive argument in which I try to show people, especially students to buy my topic. By using method of comparing and contrast plus future benefits, I draw people’s attention to my project. In another way, I try to make people overlook my primary text and see its potential use toward schools and communities. It is not like I shed to another way to understand my text, but to introduce my text to people. I am not advocating for some policy or quality change, but for the whole communication of school changes. Email is outdated, and schools need to replace it with a more efficient method of communication. That is my real goal; however, if it is impossible, at least I want other professors to offer more flexible method of communicating after reading my paper. Trying to make life easier is not a bad thing. I think for my paper. I will try to conduct a survey with students about their opinion toward email and their reference communication method. This will be my substantial sources about the problems since I have real students to answer real questions concerning to their life throughout four years in campus.






Nugget about Personal Dynamic Media (Monday, 07/14/2014)

“For most of recorded history, the interactions of humans with their media have been primarily nonconversational and passive in the sense that marks on paper, paint on walls, even “motion” pictures and television, do not change in response to the viewer’s wishes. A mathematical formulation—which may symbolize the essence of an entire universe—once put down on paper, remains static and requires the reader to expand its possibilities” (Personal Dynamic Media)

This nugget connects with my primary text as it talks about the human’s interactions with media. Again, my primary text is about getting closer interaction between professors and students through some sort like video email or online office hours. Those methods are very convenient and efficient. However, in this nugget, the author informs us the passive way to communicate with others that lasts for years while I am more about being active in interaction in the shorter term. For me, I prefer being active to talk to people instead of passing over the written document or books of years ago.

My interpretation is important because it shows us that all types of media are grouped into two types of passive and active. Since I am making suggestion about video email because I see that is most fit to new student generation. However, I think that I have to consider about the tiny effect. As the author implies, if we have a written instruction in email, we can go back and take a look at them in case we forget. However, for the active type, after we communicate with our professors. We are done. We have to remember our whole conversation about, unless we decide to call them again to ask about the specific detail. Thus, I am not sure whether this is a good idea to both professor and students. I guess more researches are needed to ensure that this tiny effect will not affect to my suggestions in all ways.


Jala Farquhar: we choose similar passage but my interpretation and yours are far quite different. I know where you come from when you say that they “aren’t nonconversational and passive.” It actually makes me rethink about my thought as those “marks on paper, paint on walls, and motion pictures and television” are passive but provoked people to be active, just like Jala said that  they can give people follow up emotion and thinking. Thus, they make people active in the passive way. Since I am writing about the active communication, I will try to make sure they are active in the active way. I believe this double active way will be even more efficient then I thought it is going to be.

Love to think: I and you both acknowledge the usefulness of devices. Even though we write the different topic, we both know that devices have played a significant role in human communication. Thus, like you implies, the dynamic device can be very helpful. However, it does raise a concern within me. Because the dynamic device allows its owner to mold and channel its power to his own needs, it sounds so much like the mood organ in the book “Does Android Dream of Electric Sheep?” I am afraid that we would live in the same community if we overuse the device. Thus, in the end, I am not sure whether this device is significant or detrimental to human.

Mirna Shaban: I totally agree with you that “devices” have been essential to communication in human world nowadays. However, since it plays a significant role, I am afraid one day it will take over the traditional communication way which is face-to-face communication. If it is constantly developing and improving, it can lead to the downfall of traditional communication. Be aware of the importance of devices and face-to-face communication, I am trying to suggest something in my inquiry project that will maximize both concepts and their usefulness but still keep up with the modern technology.

Pitching My plan

After listening to my recording, please give me as much comments as you like. I need them. My topic is new and I am still in the middle way of figuring it out. You are a huge source for me since you are a college student. Also, throughout the recording, my words are choppy and a little awkward. Please excuse me, I am still in the process of learning English, so I want to give out extra clarify to make sure people know what I mean. Last point, I could not do a video recording in my laptop D: so sound recording is my best offer 😀


Project: Prospectus

  1. Your observations so far as you have started your research on your topic, and why you think these observations are interesting and significant.  (We can call this a rationale for study.)

_ So far, I got a good and encourage comments about my Inquiry Project about video email system in school. Couple classmates told me that I should insistent in conduct this research no matter how hard it is, while others told me that this is a new topic that not a lot of people think of, and I should do it. Also, as far as I notice, not a lot of students are interested in formal email which sounds pretty boring and plaint. The technology is developing days after days and school should catch up with new way of communication rather than sticking up with email system that had already been there for decades.

_ These observations are interested because it makes my topic become more significant and meaningful in which urges me to try harder in writing a good paper. Also, in communication, the book encourages people to seek for more visuals which means richer communication and easier to build close relationships.


  1. What you have found out so far with your research (We can call this a preliminary review of research.)

_ There are couple main things that I found so far in my research:

+ Students hate writing emails to their professors

+ School is boring thing. Email is boring thing. It goes together (College sophomore commented)

+ Professors do not want to be friends with students in Facebook because they do not want to see what they can avoid

+ Students do not check their email frequently as they should, some of them do not even realize that they have a college email account

+ Students want something more interested and fun rather than a plaint messages

+ Educators try to get in touch with students using their preference of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.

+ Students consider writing email is time and energy consuming

ð  All of these things imply that email is outdate and needed to be replaced with more advanced way of communication which sparks interested in students but still their professional styles => video email comes in role

_ So far, there are couple professors and educators using videotaped feedback to their students and it is very efficient. Students like it as long as it is not too long

_ UNIV 200 used video email to inform students about the concept of Inquiry Project and what we do out of it

_Suggestion to better communication tools, something like video email, or skype, or google hanging out.


  1. What you believe is important to understand about your findings thus far (We can call this a problem diagnosis.)

_ I believe that email is boring, plain and outdating due to modern technology. Schools and professors should try more dynamic way to get in touch with students like skype, google hangout. I know that professors usually have office hours; however, not a lot of students stop by their office to asking questions even though they are concerned. However, if they can have online office hours in which students make friends with them by one of those methods, and call them to have visual meeting during those office hours. It is very quick, easy, and efficient. Video email is an addition to that in which adds more visual communication way that makes students and professors’ life easier.


  1. Your explanation of what you ultimately want to show with your complete investigation (We can call this your potential thesis.)

_ What I truly want to show after my investigation is that email is outdated and schools should seek for more advanced communication tools to reach out to students while technology develops days after days. I want to write an impress paper in which schools and educators will consider to any of my suggestions. It is not good to let students failing their class just because they do not check their emails. The ultimate goal of school is to make sure that students graduate on time by preventing these types of problems.

Nugget Curation

Here is the link to my nugget curation. Instead of writing paragraph about them, I make a mind map of how they are all relative to my primary text of video email.



I add more links to my mind map as they are my new thoughts and ideas about the project. It also includes the new ideas from the recent nugget. I am not using five sources, but I have more connect between my primary text, my sources and my ideas than I thought I would.


Portable Engelbart

“In such a future working relationship between human problem-solver and computer ‘clerk,’ the capability of the computer for executing mathematical processes would be used whenever it was needed. However, the computer has many other capabilities for manipulating and displaying information that can be of significant benefit to the human in nonmathematical processes of planning, organizing, studying, etc. Every person who does his thinking with symbolized concepts (whether in the form of the English language, pictographs, formal logic, or mathematics) should be able to benefit significantly.”

_ To those who knows how to use computer can get significant benefit by its mean of operating mathematical and nonmathematical processes.

 “ the human mind neither learns nor acts by large leaps, but by steps organized or structured so that each one depends upon previous steps.”

_ All things are happened by the sequences of steps which are dependable to each other.

I like both of these nuggets but the second one has relatively connection to my inquiry topic. Email is a previous step of other form of communication like texting, Facebook, instant messages, etc. However, since email is a “previous” one; we should use the new and update one for more advantage and benefit rather than solely depending on email.


Panning for Nuggets 2

“Students might check on that e-mail communication from the university once or twice a week, and by that time there might be 200 messages,” Mr. Stoller says. “We let too many people go to the well with e-mails that aren’t targeted to a particular group.” (Chronicle.com)

“I never know what to say in the subject line and how to address the person,” Ms. Carver said. “Is it mister or professor and comma and return, and do I have to capitalize and use full sentences? By the time I do all that I could have an answer by text if I could text them.” (Nytimes.com)

“Thus spake Zuckerberg: “We don’t think a modern messaging system is going to be e-mail.”” (Insidehighered.com)

All the nuggets revealed my topic perfectly. As the first one is telling me of how typical students react with emails. Students do not like email as it is an old fashion way to communicate. They are likely toward modern way to get in touch like instant messages, texting, Facebook, etc. Email is outdating because of its professional structures but lack of visual elements. The second nugget points out the very important problem that students have to deal with email. Email costs both energy and time consuming since it required students to think through so much trouble just for simple questions. Students rather text since it is a fast, convenient and interesting way of communication. In the end, the last nugget gives me an expected solution/ answer for the whole problem dealing with email in collegiate level. As it is, if possible, email still has a long way to catch up with 21st century students whereas technology develops every second.

Concept Experience Pt 3 (Thursday, 07/03/2014)

Although the requirement is that I have to find at least three tweets, all I have is two. I guess the activity does not help me much since it is harder to mingle in twitter than blog. I do not see any connection between thoughts in twitter; however I do see a lot through blog. Rather than twitter which only allows you to type 140 characters, I prefer blog which can allow you to write as much as you can.  Blog allow freely expressing ideas through words without limits, just like knowledge without boundaries. Personally, I think interaction through blogs can promote the best learning while twitter promotes the best interest. However, since I am into social media, I don’t think I will continue to use twitter for my project. To me, no matter how the technology changes and develops, my preference of face-to-face conversation is still the same. Social Media like Twitter can express my ideas, but face-to-face conversation express my true self. Thus, this principal is also the reason why I suggest using video email in education system which is not truly face-to-face conversation but at least they get to know who they are dealing with. From there, they can learn to engage, express and connect together.




Nuggets about Computer Lib / Dream Machines (Monday, 06/30/2014)

“Knowledge is power and so it tends to be hoarded. Experts in any field rarely want people to understand what they do, and generally enjoy putting people down.

Thus if we say that the use of computers is dominated by a priesthood, people who spatter you with unintelligible answers and seem unwilling to give you straight ones, it is not that they are different in this respect from any other profession. Doctors, lawyers and construction engineers are the same way.

But computers are very special, and we have to deal with them everywhere, and this effectively gives the computer priesthood a stranglehold on the operation of all large organizations, of government bureaux, and everything else that they run. Members of Congress are now complaining about control of information by the computer people, that they cannot get the information even though it’s on computers. Next to this it seems a small matter that in ordinary companies “untrained” personnel can’t get straight questions answered by computer people; but it’s the same phenomenon.”

I really like these passages although they do not have a very significant connection with my primary text. The nugget mentions that experts do not want people to understand what they do; I am glad that it does not list down “educators” as if it is true, schools would become meaningless. Thus, since my topic is about video email, a new communication way between professors and students, in some remotely distance, it is a tool to help educators clarify their ideas and meaning clearer. To me, the nugget somewhat implies and makes the benefit of having a video email system bolder. It is important to understand the nugget in that way because video email is a new topic, the more benefits of it means the easier I have to do to show people the significance of the whole research. Showing how useful it is, and let it prove itself to people is one of my strategies.


Elephant Flower: I and her have the similar way to look at the nuggets and the primary text. While I am looking for the advantages since I try to show the significance of having a video email system over the system that we currently have. She mostly finds the nuggets that is show the true identity of an inhuman robot and how it is impacted to the society. Although we both write about different subject within technology sectors, we find the same way to approach our nuggets and connecting them together with our primary text.

Jala Farquhar: I and her have a similar way to approach to our primary as we both try to use “time” as the main point of how things happen the way they are today. Evolution is the big part of technology and human; we both want to use that important element to indicate that our study about certain topic is suitable to the time being.

Living the Dream 2014: it is surprising to me that he/she choose the same nugget as Jala. However, similar to Jala, I and he/she has the same idea of using “time” as the significant element to boost our research. Nevertheless, he/she does mention that computer is not everything but an aspect of life which is just right and true. It is somehow relative to my intuitive thinking as video email does help to strengthen the engagement level of students, but it is not all of it. By showing people that virtual video message is working well, it is already stated that face-to-face conversation is much better. Video email is not everything that the student should use; it is just something to make life easier when they could not physically have a conversation with the professors.




Panning for Nuggets

“Another disadvantage of email is the loss of non-verbal and social context clues. The email writer should therefore be careful and clear in his/her message to avoid ambiguity and unwanted consequences. One should even be careful not to go too far in his/her jokes as illustrated by the example of the University of Maryland Journalism professor Willie Schatz reported by Hannon (2001). Professor Schatz wrote in an email to his students that because of his birthday there will be no classes the following day. Even though he added that the president of the University himself signed on it and has declared it a day off for all campus, half of his students took it seriously and did not show up the next day! However, it should be noted that this shortcoming is common to several other class communication tools such as textbooks and lecture notes. In addition, this depersonalisation of email may be useful to some students. For example a student who is angry with his instructor may prefer email to face-to-face contact to cover up his anger.”

This nugget actually sums up my whole purpose of suggesting video email over email. Because email is nonverbal, it is easy to create the confusion or misunderstanding between how people write their message and how others people interpret it. Just like the example above, it is very common misunderstand with email or any other nonverbal message if the writers do not indicate clearly what they try to tell. However, with video email, we can eliminate this misunderstanding by body language or social context uses.

“I think we need to ensure that the importance of personal and intimate communication, which has always been important to us as a species, is not lost during this transition. While our communication tools may change how and where we connect with our students, we must remember that our value as educators lies not in what we know, but in the relationships we form with our students.”

This nugget supports for my first nugget as the educators’ value must lie on the relationship they form with their students; video email can definitely help them to achieve their value. By making students more engaging in the class and newsletter update, the invisible wall between educators and students is brought down somehow which will eventually improve their relationship with each other. Communication is always the best thing to get two people closer and help to clear unnecessary misunderstandings. Thus, I think video email is the best choice to fulfill both purpose of communication among educators and students.

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