March 31, 2017:Martha Burtis

“Messy and Chaotic Learning, Domain of One’s Own”

Martha has been a key leader in the domains movement which is critically tied to the goals of Open Pedagogy. She is involved in the University of Mary Washington Blogs Project and believes that the web is altering disciplines and education.

  • Higher education’s abandonment of the web needed to be explored
  • There was a shift in thinking about the web for project and work because of politics engulfing our internet
  • Understanding how search engines work is very important.

There Are 2 Different Ways Of Online Teaching

LMS (Learning Mangement System) 1998-1999

  • These are projects that started at schools
  • building systems for delivering content
  • static public platform that had hyperlinking built into it
  • provide standardized features and tools

The tilda space

  • schools first responses to web
  • messy and chaotic
  • quickly over taken

Schools spent more money with management systems throughout campus

Web was evolving while teachers were sitting comfortably using LMS techniques

August 2004 at Mary Washington

  • The faculty made domains and began to blog
  • They began to create learning spaces
  • what would happen if every faculty member did this?
  • This led people to create their very own domain
  • wordpress powers 30% of world websites

The Naming of Things

  • The first step for creating your own domain
  • participants determine how they want to be portrayed on web

The Building of Things

  • This is the core activity of domain building
  • web is not something that is happening but something we can create

The Breaking of Things

  • Things do not always go as planned
  • Upgrade fails, plugins don’t work, images too big are all problems that can be encountered
  • Students will make mistakes and post things that they shouldn’t

The Knowing of Things

  • Practical aspects
  • You can use your domain for jobs, later schooling
  • Learning worpdress is a marketable skill
  • The web is an evolving space