CAAH 201 = CLAM = Cultural Literacies Across Media - Clemson University students traveling abroad - engaging cultures across the globe!
Monday, February 14, 2011
Brave New (Digital) World
There were some excellent reflections in the blogs regarding the week's readings from Nicolas Carr and Kevin Kelly. You really oughta read them if you haven't already. Many good comments about how technology shapes our literacy practices - and our thinking! The famous 20th-century American scholar Walter Ong, writing about the shift from orality to literacy, said, "Writing restructures consciousness." Many of our bloggers picked up on the ways new media are changing the way we think.
A Facebook friend of mine posted an update that is so revelatory of this shift. With her permission, I use it here:
Here is an example of digital social networking restructuring our expressions of emotion... Profound!
Randy D. Nichols is a life-long learner and communicator who now learns alongside college students as they engage the ever-shifting literacies of our modern digital world. He has a passion for engaging communication issues with fellow-communicators in the workplace, community, and the classroom.
His creative approach to forging communication solutions out of available (or easily obtainable) resources is part of what makes him the "McGyver of Communications." He enjoys bringing a "rhetorical imagineering" to his courses, seminars and speeches - and is happy when his ideas are adopted, modified, augmented, re-mixed and shared with others. (He wears his Creative Commons T-shirt with pride!) Dr. Nichols shares a multitude of curated resources with educators and communicators at his RhetoricSoup.com website. Randy D. Nichols, Chair of
Limestone’s Dept. of Communications, is featured in the new book, Mobile
Technologies and the Writing Classroom. Nichols worked with fellow Clemson
Doctoral Alumna, Dr. Josephine Walwema, to contribute a chapter titled
"Untangling the Web through Digital Aggregation and Curation" to this
new NCTE publication. This chapter outlines an approach to encouraging students
toward a more "critical consumption" of digital resources by using
free and popular tools for mobile devices, such as Flipboard and Pinterest, and
even includes a sample lesson as a "play exemplar" for fellow
educators to revise, rework, subvert and remediate.
Dr. Nichols is energized by communicating, not only inside the college classroom, but outside as well. He enjoys speaking to emerging young scholars at events such as the Olde English Consortium and the SC Teacher Cadets events. He also values his opportunities to speak at, and learn from, events such as the Popular Culture Association Conferences, the Conference on College Communication and Composition, and community, church and government task forces and think tanks.