Gardner Campbell : Personal Cyberinfrastructure

At the Open Education Conference in 2009 and in the article Gardner Campbell describes how much technology has changed from the early days. He points out how back in the days of web in higher education involved workshops on the basic HTML, presentations of course web pages, and seed money in the form of grants and equipment to help faculty, staff, and occasionally even students to generate and manage content in those strange “public.html” folders that suddenly appeared on newly connected desktops. He also talks about education and being open minded is the key to learning and how difficult it is to maintain and teach students this difficult process.

As years went by colleges and universities introduced online classes, I have taken several online classes at Strayer University; I have had both good and bad experiences online. It is crucial that you are able to interact with your classmates and teachers. It can be difficult if you do not have a professor that interacts with you online because sometimes you have questions that cannot wait until the next day. This is just my second online class here at UMW. The web is famous and has a large group of people using Facebook, Twitter, Google, Wikipedia, YouTube, and Blogger. I have only used Facebook in the past, but then I had to create an account and get familiar with Twitter when I took my online macroeconomics class at UMW last fall. I never knew how to tweet until then. How funny is that,  and I really am not fond of it because of the limitation of characters you can type.
I do believe it is important for everyone to be educated in some shape or form on the effects of technology. I think Campbell’s idea about colleges and universities shaping curricula to support and inspire the imagination of students who are enrolled are assigned to their own web servers. This gives them time to progress with different tools and applications on the web. I also believe that the younger students enrolled in colleges and universities are full of imaginary ideas that can encourage and help the next generation.

On the video Professor Campbell quotes a statement by Clay Shirley, “You are living in the middle of the largest increase in expressive capability in the history of the human race.” He constantly repeats “digital facelift “. Digital facelift is newspapers online with all of the stories. Campbell feels there should be no digital facelift and there should be three recursive practices:

1- Narrating
2- Curating
3- Sharing

I can relate to some of what Campbell is talking about to this class, we are building our own cyberinfrastructure with posting blogs, creating digital visual and design photos and videos. Going from one website to another, downloading so many different applications you cannot figure out if you have everything you need. I totally wish I have been more educated about cyberinfrastructure. Campbell mentioned that the American Counsel of Learning Societies stated that cyberinftrastructure is something more specific than network itself, but it is something generated than a tool or a resource developed for a particular project, a range of projects or more broadly for a particular discipline. I would never even use that word in my vocabulary if I was not enrolled in Ds106 because I am only familiar with the names of the social media accounts, blogging, emailing, etc. Sometimes we do not think about what in entails for something to work.

I have taken from Campbell’s article and video conference that I strongly believe that an open mind is necessary taking this class because it is overwhelming when you have never had a blog or social media account. Most people do not want their information public and I believe that is why there are a few people especially the older generation that does not use social media and blogs. I can admit that this class has been a constant struggle through some these assignments because it is new and sometimes my brain goes into overload before I cannot fully understand the details of the assignment. With the way technology is growing, it is very important to share and educate others about cyberinfrastructure.