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  1. Nov 2017
    1. you all are why I get up in the morning

      Well, it's a pleasure to see you int he evening as well~ It's good to know I have at least one person around this campus who seems to care.

    2. not greenlighted yet.

      Here's a suggestion then, if it appeases you: Why not continue your traffic light analogy and call it Yellowlit, as it is revving up into greenlit but yielded by the temporary shortcomings?

    3. Why does this matter

      This matters more than anything, as it can be the opening act to a wonderful performance or the saving grace of a failing sideshow act. Everyone has the chance for redemption and that sort of opportunity rarely presents itself in the outside world. Cherish this while you can, for it is fleeting in nature.

    4. This year, we opened a very visible food pantry in our office, which also stocks basic staples (feminine products, detergent, toothbrushes, winter coats). While it gets moderate use, it also helps our students understand that we see food insecurity as an academic issue, and we understand that they will not be able to learn or succeed if they are hungry. Similarly, we offer a child-care co-op program that lets students volunteer to babysit for their classmates’ children when there are childcare emergencies. We also offer a transportation co-op that works much the same way, where we use a text-messaging app to help students request rides from other students if their normal transportation fails for some reason, and we stock gas cards in our office as well. We offer a Veteran’s Support Group and counseling on how the GI Bill affects our military students, and we have a separate contract pathway for GI Bill students that allows them to reduce the number of issues they will run into with their government funding due to the customizable nature of their program.

      A Humanitarian approach to student care and learning help greatly to encourage and support those who are struggling to see the distant light at the end of the tunnel. There is good out there, it just needs to be sought, and programs like these help to put that assistance at the forefront.

    5. the ability to use low-tech videoconferencing (usually through appearin) to accommodate commuters and online students more easily.

      How useful a tool it must be to simply ring up one's professor on the internet horn and have a friendly chat about assignments and where you stand in matters. A shame this isn't better advertised.

    6. Follow our class hashtag at #IDSintro.

      Seriously, check us out. Sometimes, we say really cool or deep things about education and get to the heart of pressing issues. And sometimes you'll find little nuggets of gold, be they comedic or wisdom.

    7. they engage in a Connected Learning PLN-building experience to grow their own custom networks over the course of their educations;

      This is highly beneficial to those who are far savvier in the mystical and ancient ways of social media, while those who have chosen not to pursue such paths previous to this can feel an overwhelming sensation of being crushed beneath the influx of media and potential. It's scary working in Twitter, especially when one doesn't have a natural cadence in using the service. Still, it's a step that needs to be taken, as wasted potential is the worst kind.

    8. disconnected from their current major.

      In other terms, the best safety net one can pray for in times of great turbulence or tribulation. While not an immediate answer to one's woes, the IDS program does create a handy method for recovering from fallout of a previous system and into a more open-armed, inviting environment.

    9. student agency

      Agency is likely one of the greatest gifts that can be handed towards a student, allowing them to have the reigns in a given situation and the feeling of being able to live with all the decisions that are made with an open genuineness.

    1. Childhood studies ethics is a growing field.

      I'm surprised this hasn't been a thing sooner, given how much of an impact childhood has on every human being.

    2. The different disciplines that the article discusses are ethics, explaining the different ethics or morals within the childhood research. It talks about childhood studies, taking children from a wide range of age groups and populations and how certain ethics and morals apply to them. There is a medical aspect integrated, which discusses the health science and services for the children. There is also the discipline of law integrated as well. The law aspect covers the state-made laws creates by the courts in both Western Europe and North America.

      Amazed Math wasn't mentioned as a Discipline at all, seeing as running statistics and balancing studies to ensure a lack of bias. A missed opportunity, but understandable.

    1. Flights.

      I've got to admit, I've never flown in my entire life up to this point. The closest I've gotten is playing Rogue Squadron II on Gamecube as a kid. But the very idea of having control over your form soaring above the sky, sailing about the clouds is a magical kind of concept, and to see its inner workings become the deluge of multidisciplinary routes taken to meet it is fascinating.

    1. “I will not settle for less! I will make the most of my opportunities!”

      Or, more accurately, "I'm saving my own hide the best way I know how!" Because, let's be true here, some of us are unable to face the reality of not leaving here in a timely fashion, whether from external or internal reasons.

    2. Because at the end of the day, your opinion and your thoughts matter

      Do they? Considering the mechanical nature of business and its iron-clad grip on the workforce, I'd almost counter-argue that your opinions are mostly invalid, as such free-thinking is idle time not spent in production or dedicated to a higher cause than one's self. Power is the ultimate goal, and we are but little cogs turning the great machine of power along. And it is in this vision we shall see the dystopia's of Novel's past.

    1. Communication In every discipline, there is jargon. The special, “key words” that particular groups use to communicate. Jargon poses a threat to cross-disciplinary collaboration because people can’t communicate with each other if they can’t understand each other. The communication barrier poses a unique challenge to interdisciplinarity: is collaboration possible without a common language?

      Would you look at that? It's what I'm trying to solve! Who knew I was tackling such an important issue?

    2. Why is it desirable to be a “master?”

      Allow pop culture to explain (using Pokemon) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mToV0JNQ0bE

    1. The answer is never.

      And then they go on living unfulfilling jobs and die from them. Sometimes, I wonder if my Dad died in part because his job was so stressful on him to succeed...?

    2. but the decision should come from them for it to be a meaningful, beneficial experience.

      There we go, hit the nail square on the noggin. If people don't come to their own conclusions, then an experience is a waste and bears little meaning upon them int he long run.

    3. “Why do I need to learn this? I’ll never use it in real life.”

      Impressive, let's start off the bat with a stereotype. Real imaginative there.

    1. aren’t they depriving themselves of a brilliant opportunity to grow as an individual?

      Isn't that their choice to make int he matter? If someone doesn't wish to look into something, they are responsible for the consequences of such. Allow people to be who they are, unless it is in harm of another's well-being.

    2. Many students entering college for the first time are surprised by the way it changes their thinking, identity, and perspective.

      In all honesty, I'm more impressed at how often my views seem reinforced about modern culture and the harsh realities that surround us.

    3. Many educators disagreed with Eliot, arguing that schools exist to guide students through the established hierarchy of education. If students wander around at their own will, these educators argued, they may leave school with an incomplete or inconclusive education

      Perhaps a balanced approach would then suffice? Giving structure to the primary field with openings for students to put an educated filling in with courses and concepts of their choice.

    4. Until the industrial revolution, education was dominated by religion and classical texts, exploring questions of morality and a higher truth

      Only if we are willing to dismiss Greek and Roman scholarly pursuits as well as other cultures equally pursuing varied studies into sciences, mathematics and engineering. This view holds close to a highly Westernized standpoint and should be clarified as such.

  2. Oct 2017
    1. A majority of the students, approximately nine-tenths, traveled from other cities in order to attend the lectures.

      Gad to hear the people of past can sympathize with my own travel issues. It's a shame higher education can't be more accessible to rural communities, especially the bright ones of the bunch.

    1. This was weird to think of how they are able to still make a social connection when in competition

      But that builds enduring rivalries and competition is healthy for economies to grow and develop. After all, giving people choice is always good towards the consumer. Competition is a form of social connection, even if it may bear some negative connotations.

    1. The architects and accountants orchestrating the building of the dams could have considered the environmental impact, but it wasn’t their specialty, so they didn’t have the insight on potential impacts than an environmental scientist would have had.

      Neither is it the jobs of the Architects and Accountants to fret over the environmental impacts of the project. That's why you hire an environmental scientist for the team to review this kind of information before acting on it.

    2. Without the disciplines, interdisciplinarity would have nothing to build on

      Way to state the obvious here, but the point does come across: you need a foundation in order to build without the risk of crumbling.

    1. “the power and majesty of nature in all its aspects is lost on him who contemplates it merely in the detail of its parts, and not as a whole”

      "A Frog in a small well will never know of the ocean".- Japanese Proverb

    2. This comedy of errors could be expanded to fill volumes.

      Frankly, this one has gone on long enough. Do it bother anyone else when an author uses just one too many examples to express a point when one or even two would have been perfectly well and enough? Sometimes, more is less and I believe that's something that evades critical writings.

    3. “Intellectual cross-pressures generated by an interdisciplinary outlook liberate a person’s thinking from the limiting assumptions of his own professional group, and stimulate fresh vision” (Milgram, 1969, p. 103).

      Interesting, expanding one's potential vocabulary has an impact on how one can describe and express the world around them. How hauntingly familiar to my Communication and Human Conflict course. Perhaps it really is our language that confines us, shaping the world yet equally restricting what we can think upon?

    1. An epistemology is a worldview, ideology, or approach to truth and knowledge.

      The path of one's life, extending far beyond the horizon with its winding twists and turns of unknowable potential. It is this walk towards one's ultimate goals that make life intriguing and worthwhile (in a secular sense).

    1. Someone might tell you that Plymouth, New Hampshire only has a handful of violent crimes per year. They might also tell you that NYC has thousands more violent crimes per year. That makes Plymouth sounds so much safer, but in order to know for sure, we have to set the numbers into context, asking how many crimes per capita (or per person) each location has. Small pieces of information (such as how many children in a certain school go without breakfast each morning) are more illuminating if they are presented in relationship to other pieces of information (such as the poverty level of the town, the subsidized meal programs at the school, the start time of the school day, the funding formula for the school district, etc.).

      Statistics in developing questions and solutions is a time-consuming, but rewarding process if done with the right intent and with careful monitoring of the process to ensure a lack of bias. People don't know this, but it is incredibly easy to lie with stats and never really be caught without going over the details with a fine tooth comb, as often the data is presented with a limited amount of background information. Critical thought is needed in interpreting information presented so as to understand what is being shown and if it properly matches the needs of what is being asked.

    1. the novelty and creativity involved in combining the disciplinary elements

      There equally is a danger to novelty in that such thing wear off more quickly than people believe, leaving such concepts more susceptible to abandonment. Great care must be placed in the construction and longevity of a concept to ensure the loss of novelty isn't the death of an idea.

    2. the smoothie

      A smoothie also requires the adages of a milk/milk-substitute and ice, if not other potential ingredients. I believe a better symbolic term might be a fruit cocktail, which only needs the blending of fruit juices to exist as opposed to the other needs a smoothie has.

    1. Interdisciplinarity is like mixing paint. You can lay colors side-by-side to create beautiful paintings (multidisciplinarity), or you can mix them together to get totally new colors (interdisciplinarity).

      But what of layering paint atop one another to achieve a similar effect? What then? Depth, you gain depth in what you're bringing together, allowing texture and unique opportunities to be forged.

    2. “Game Studies is an interdiscipline that combines Communications with Computer Science.”

      Suddenly secret stuff from LeBlanc appeared~ Well, I suppose it isn't a secret, given what she teaches, but still, how strange our interviews finer points come slithering back into the light...

    1. an 18- year

      18 Years? That's a bit ambitious...16 is the more likely number, 18 to 20 are for the "lucky" few who have the time and resources to fuly invest in an overbloated field.

    2. esoteric

      Definition: something super obscure that only a tiny fraction of people dedicated to it would understand.

    3. societies become more democratic as citizens become more knowledgeable and cultured.

      They also tend to make better decisions and have less of an impact environmentally and on global population. Who knew books and being smart would keep unnecessary births in check? Maybe we can finally convince the "cool" kids that being smart and actually participating in class is the thing to do.

    4. Anyone who has spent time in a college classroom knows what students want from higher education.

      Is that accurate? Do people actually know? I'd argue that's not entirely true, but then again, hyperbole makes for a fun means of starting out an essay. Ultimately, the statement comes off as presumptuous and that could lead to rubbing people the wrong way.

  3. Sep 2017
    1. Traditional assignments don’t necessarily empower students when they have to post them in a public space.

      Particularly those with crippling social anxieties about being found out. Sometimes it is best to hide away from the world and make your work your own.

    1. Without such fluency, students cannot compete economically or intellectually, and the astonishing promise of the digital medium will never be fully realized.

      That's supposing artificial intelligence doesn't replace those jobs within the next decade or so and leaves human technical labor a byproduct of a pre-AI era.

    2. FTP

      Just be happy it wasn't UDP! That has no means of CRC to ensure all data packets arrive.UDP is more useful for streaming files like videos and audio where you can afford to miss a few frames and still get the video.

    3. These days were exciting, but they were also difficult. Only a few faculty had the curiosity or stamina to brave this new world. Staff time was largely occupied by keeping the system up and running. And few people understood how to bring students into this world, aside from assigning them e-mail addresses during orientation.

      It was also likely the time of Windows 3.1/95/98 where people used Dial-Up though C-Slip to connect to servers via one's landline and telecommunications network. What dark days indeed were the web then...

    4. Cyberinfrastructure is something more specific than the network itself, but it is something more general than a tool or a resource developed for a particular project, a range of projects, or, even more broadly, for a particular discipline.

      Exactly, people don't know its more about how data is stored and called upon rather than what it appears on your page. Are bits being popped and stacked or queued? This is why the CS and IT fields will bloom, people who get what's under the hood of the digital system.

    1. we’re concerned about what students do online but we fail to probe the “appropriateness” of the demands on data and content that (education) technology companies increasingly make on the students in turn.

      Funny how the previous generation can't always see the beaming positives of the next generation's work and would rather nitpick it's flaws to ensure their own self-worth.And while all things share both positive and negative traits, Baby Boomers are honestly a bit too far gone in some regards for regulation on infrastructure of the digital world.

    2. This means they have some say – although not complete – over their personal data, and in turn they begin to have an understanding of the technologies that underpin the Web, including how their work and their data circulate there.

      You know, if we're going to force Gen Ed material down student's throats and wallets, why not throw in IT/CS stuff while we're at it? Technical literacy would make for a fair easier world.