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Robin DeRosa @actualham@mastodon.social

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Don’t think I’ve done a here on Mastodon yet. I haven’t thought of this as a place where you «follow» people, but rather a place where you meet interesting people to talk to.

In that vein, I would recommend @katebowles, @lauraritchie, @ShorterPearson, @econproph, @Tdorey, @clhendricksbc — all people you can have good conversations with and even come to call friends.

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@actualham
This reminds me of an HBR article that attempts to explain this phenomenon.

hbr.org/2017/10/why-you-can-fo

However people are so diverse that everyone's mileage may vary...

Fridays I can sometimes escape the office and work in a local coffee shop. Get so much done without the constant traffic in the office, and the change of scenery seems to awaken my brain. Plus good music and tea!

Just watched the first three episodes of “Dark” and it’s fun! My whole family is loving it so far.

Here’s a blog post I just published about the Interdisciplinary Studies program I’m part of. Those with an interest in and/or may find it interesting! robinderosa.net/uncategorized/

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All right. I've written my post about incommensurability of campus & online and distance education. I will warn you that I keep re-writing it... Thoughts and discussion on this one are really appreciated.

heretothere.trubox.ca/incommen

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Taking bets. How many students will show up for our class tonight when the university’s closed starting tomorrow for the holiday... hmmm...

Working on a multilayered blog post: my post, students’ annotations and pop-ups. Really fun!

Hi @sprescott! Welcome to the cool table! ha ha

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This is my first toot via mobile (Amaroq). Yay!

OOOooooo totally got Mastodon on my phone with Amaroq! Thanks @Tdorey!

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@actualham Yup. I've also done almost all of my higher ed studies at a distance. I'm well acquainted with the good, the bad and the ugly.

For me, part of the problem is that even among open & distance advocates, almost none have been students, particularly at the undergrad level - which *should* beg the question: Where do online & distance graduates go? What barriers exist to them going on to careers in academia? (I'd be happily shocked to find related research.)

And gosh, I love Mastodon for feeling open and safe enough for me to write this all up with virtually no idea where I am heading with it or what it means, if anything. Ok, that's it for this thread!

That's a pretty interesting irony: the celebration of online telepresence and the erasure of region and community in the cases we make for public funding of higher ed. I don't know what to do with this on the ground. I am less interested in the playful Baudrillardian inversion and more interested in how thinking about this could help me puzzle out strategy for building sustainable funding models for regional colleges (when such a high % of students go to school within 50 miles of their homes).

I am struck by the way that telepresence aims to replicate-- to the smallest breathing pixel-- the feeling of being in the room, and how crucial this is for those who are "remote" learners. But then again, I am struck by the way that community colleges and regional universities are increasingly looking to online demographics as they rearticulate their missions to survive budget crises.

So that makes me wonder how the interaction between online initiatives and physical campuses are changing not only what we think about "college" and "education," but also how we experience or value f2f learning. I mostly think that the "disruption" promised by online education evangelists has mostly been sort of fizzley and unrealized, though this seems to be making people more desperate to find a way to truly strike the vein as a few select schools (like SNHU) have done.

Been thinking about some ideas that @holden had about telepresence, and the way "belonging" and "presence" are affected by the quality of the tech tools we have (or don't have) access to. I started wondering about the place of "place" in how we think about college now. My small rural university has consciously stopped calling itself "regional" because it doesn't want to limit its online and international markets (which it thinks will save them, which seems not at all likely to me). 1/n

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Using a open-source social network like Mastodon changed my mind completely about how they should be build and why they should exist. They need to be about making connections and cherishing communities, and this is not possible when you are trying to monetize everything at all costs.

Mastodon has a lot of problems, of course, and we still need to figure them out. But it's really nice to know there's a way to escape (and maybe even change) the status quo.

So many goodies in my notifications here after being away for a bit. Mainly checking in to say that this platform gives me a sense of hope for my connected, digital life. I refer to it lots as I talk with groups about what a "commons" might look like; what commons-oriented learning might look like; what commons-oriented educational institutions might look like. I wish I had more time to grow in here. Because a lot about Mastodon makes sense to me in ways that Twitter doesn't. So yeah: hi, y'all.