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What is a personal cyberinfrastructure? A personal cyberinfrastructure is making a space online for academic, personal, and professional reasons.

…students would build a personal cyberinfrastructure, one they would continue to modify and extend throughout their college career — and beyond.

 

An example of my personal cyberinfrastructure is my blog. I am delighted that I will be able to keep my personal cyberinfrastructure even after college.

To provide students the guidance they need to reach these goals, faculty and staff must be willing to lead by example — to demonstrate and discuss, as fellow learners, how they have created and connected their own personal cyberinfrastructures.

 

Professor Smith made sure he did every assignment with the class, so we had a better understanding. I am very thankful for that. Some professors like to assign work that they never discussed in class. This is one way students grow to dislike professors.

Every campus should be a digital campus. Classes would definitely be more engaging. Since we are in the 21st century, everyone should begin to frame their online identity.

A digital identity should be an online address one can have no matter where they are, a space where you can track that person as they move not only from being a freshman to a sophomore, but from an undergraduate to a graduate and beyond.

 

This quote sums up why everyone should have a personal cyberinfrastructure.

Reflection of Academic Computing 230 ~ Academic Computing 230 was a very interesting class. I did not expect to have this much fun. Everything I learned in this class was new to me. Every day I accomplished something different. I am very proud of myself. The day I was asked to make a video and upload it to YouTube, I wanted to cry. With the help of the Internet, I completed that assignment. This class taught me several things that I will pass on to others. I can now say that I am technologically advanced. I love having my own digital space. I will definitely use technology in my future classroom. There is absolutely nothing I would change about this class. I now have a DIY attitude, thanks to this class. Thank you very much Professor Smith :-).

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Here is a link to my reflection on the texts of Gardner Campbell and Jim Groom by finding

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I was computer illiterate before taking Academic Computing 230. I was scared to use  a computer  before because I was afraid to  click on any other  tools  on an application  that  I was not familiar with. If the computer in my house were not to be working properly, everyone would point at me.  During the course of Academic Computing 230, I have overcome that fear. I have learned to explore many applications and its tools. YouTube and Professor Smith have helped me overcome my struggle. I have never used YouTube so much before this class. Now that I do use YouTube, I am amazed with what it can help us do. I have become somewhat of an Edupunk now. I strongly believe in Jim Groom’s DIY theory, which Professor Smith enforced in our class. Professor Smith’s do it yourself strategy really helped me through the process because he wanted everyone in the class to first  try and figure things out on our own. You can even check my blog to see how far I have advanced with my technology skills. I am extremely proud of myself.

According to the article, “A Personal Cyberinfrastructure” by Gardener Campbell, web would help students “build a personal cyberinfrastructure where they would play with wikis and blogs; they would tinker and begin to assemble a platform to support their publishing, their archiving, their importing and exporting, their internal and external information connections. They would become, in myriad small but important ways, system administrators for their own digital lives, one they would continue to modify and extend throughout their college career — and beyond.”  According to Gardener Campbell,  “in building that personal cyberinfrastructure, students not only would acquire crucial technical skills for their digital lives but also would engage in work that provides richly teachable moments ranging from multimodal writing to information science, knowledge management, bibliographic instruction, and social networking. Fascinating and important innovations would emerge as students are able to shape their own cognition, learning, expression, and reflection in a digital age, in a digital medium. Students would frame, curate, share, and direct their own “engagement streams” throughout the learning environment.” Furthermore, in the article, “A domain of one’s own” by Reverend, he states “as Brad Kozlek suggested recently in this post, “[the] blog is a tool for students to craft their digital identity with intention.” The key here is the crafting of an identity with a purpose, the conscious consideration and creation of one’s professional/academic identity online: a domain of one’s own!” This will help frame one’s digital identity and help him or her become an independent thinker.

Professor Smith has given his students the freedom to explore and create and express things on our their minds by using technology and motivating us to create our own space, which is our blog. I have learned things I did not expect to learn in this class. This class was a great hand on experience and I loved it! I figured it would have been just like all my other classes where I just sit and take notes to memorize about different parts of the computer and its applications. However, this was not the case. Professor Smith amazed me the first day when he had the class actually work with the computers, which allowed us to think outside the box. This class was a great experience!

Texts of Gardner Campbell and Jim Groom

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After reading the texts of Gardner Campbell and Jim Groom, I learned that technology is bringing a big change in our society, especially in our teaching and learning style. The following picture shows my understanding of the text by Campbell.

According to my understanding, a personal cyberinfrastcuture  is a computer system used by individuals having their ownership in that system.

I agree with both writers of the text that we are living in the century, in which, we believe in doing rather than watching and believing in what others say. According to the texts, the technology is great way to have your personal space online.    Both Groom and Campbell believe in independent learning, which I also agree with. In our class, I believe that we all learned everything independently. We did get the ideas from Prof. Smith, but we learned to use technology by figuring out everything. I believe that our class is an example of Groom and Campbell’s ideas. Jim Groom states:

we are in a situation where many of our students and faculty are using tools like blogs and wikis to trace the work they are doing, both as part of a course as well as independent thinkers.

Groom says that the only question that comes up is how to save identity and have your own space by stating:

The key here is the crafting of an identity with a purpose, the conscious consideration and creation of one’s professional/academic identity online: a domain of one’s own!

It is important to have one’s own digital space since it is important to protect identity. Having you own digital space means that you can teach and learn in your own comfort, feeling as its your classroom.

When thinking of education 230, I heard that it is all about making presentations and creating lessons in digital ways and it seems a lot of work. When I entered this classroom, I found out that it is going to be a fun learning. As approaching the end to this course, I believe I have learned something different from what students used to tell me who took this course earlier. I did not find this course to be a lot of work. I learned many new techniques that are going to help me in future as being an educator. I love this idea of open learning, which not only makes life easy, but also creates educators who will make their future students’ life easier. The most important thing in this course was creating our own work and then making our own personal digital space. I do not think their was anything least important, since I had to learn everything from the basic steps. All the assignments were important in learning what I have learned by now.

Do You Need Your Own Digital Space?

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In the above presentation at 2010 OpenEd Conference, Gardner Campbell asks you to “think the unthinkable” about the future of education and in particular takes to task the use of educational technologies designed to mimic the old model of classrooms. He also presents these ideas in his essay, “A Personal Cyberinfrastructure.” Both of Gardner’s texts are in part inspired by Jim Groom’s “A Domain of One’s Own.” Jim aks the question, why not give everyone their own domain, from which all of a student’s academic endeavours will be aggregated to a variety of places they inhabit during their time in college. It would become a space that a student would be,

…crafting of an identity with a purpose, the conscious consideration and creation of one’s professional/academic identity online: a domain of one’s own!

To Jim and Gardner, the need to stop fashioning for students special spaces for teaching and learning is a principal problem. They wish for educators to start looking to the internet itself as it’s classroom, where you carve out your own space to teach and learn (a bit like what we’ve done here with edtech.dewlines.org).

For this winter session you’ve been given a space to contribute to as an author, but now it’s time to take your work and place it into your own domain. To do this you are going to need to export your posts through the Dashboard’s Tools > Export function which will give you an .XML file that includes all of your work.

After that you will need to create either a free WordPress.com blog, or step-up and buy your own webhosting plan and with WordPress installed. Either is fine, though commercial hosting plans give you a lot more flexibility and control. Here is a link to how to create your on blog with a commercial host, and the WordPress.com option is pretty self explanatory (the site guides you through the process).

So there are two assignments for your last efforts in this class:

1. Create your own blog:

  • Export your posts from this blog and import them into your own blog.
  • Create an “About” page on which you give a brief description of yourself and your professional goals. You are also welcome to create additional pages and include any kinds of materials you’ve created in other courses or on your own.
  • Pick a theme for your blog and customize it. Add any plugins you’d like. Remember, this is now your space, it’s up to you to cultivate it!

2. Make one final post to Edtech.dewlines.org. In this post please include:

  • a link to your blog;
  • a reflection on the texts of Gardner Campbell and Jim Groom by finding an image, audio, and/or video that you speaks to your understanding of their work. Also be sure to quote either or both of them at least once in your reflection;
  • and finally describe what you expected to get out of this class, and if that changed as the course proceeded. What was most important to you? What was least important?

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