*I’M A DIGITAL GIRL*

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 :-).

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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