I do not quite understand AltLab’s obsession with Twitter.
Create a meme? Put it on Twitter.
Use a new widget? Announce it on Twitter.
Create a Home button? Proclaim it on Twitter.
If the idea is to find out how all of us are proceeding, then why not create a closed system, a private club, where we can discuss online education to heart’s content? But there’s an insistence that everything be public, that all of our activities here should be transmitted to everyone we know — or rather, everyone who follows us on Twitter.
Again, why? Why must friends or colleagues or collaborators be notified that I have fulfilled an assignment for this online program?
If I’m working for VCU AltLab, okay, I get it. This is a central activity of my everyday life and my professional practice. But for the rest of us?
It’s probably not. And it brings up a larger issue…..which I’ll write about in the next entry.