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Shunning Computers in the Classroom: Why Are Students Not the Authors of Their Own Digital Destiny?

The following post is an excellent submission to our general call for posts from undergraduate students. Nicole Gauvreau, a student at Bishops University in Modern Languages and International Studies, explains the frustration students feel when their access to digital tech is restricted.  We sincerely thank Nicole, and we hope you enjoy this submission. On behalf of the […]

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Is “Generation Y” an Age Away? Social Media, Distraction, and Learning

The following post is an excellent submission to our general call for posts from undergraduate students. Nicholas Ashmore, a student at Trent University’s Oshawa campus, offers insight into using digital tech in the classroom. We sincerely thank Nicholas and we hope you enjoy this submission. On behalf of the digitalcommunitas team, Dr. Sara Humphreys I […]

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Bridging the Group Learning Gap at a Commuter Campus: A Call to Action

The following post is an excellent submission to our general call for posts from undergraduate students. Pake Newell, a psychology student at Trent University’s Oshawa campus, asks faculty to consider using social media as a means to foster collaboration. We sincerely thank Pake and we hope you enjoy this submission. On behalf of the digitalcommunitas […]

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Impossible Goals, or a Requiem for Hope: a Response to Kidcrooked

As I finish my first year of Masters Studies in sociology at Queen’s University, I have discovered I have learned many things besides the academic material from my courses. I am a Teaching Assistant for the first year introduction to sociology course; I am responsible for 2 tutorial groups, totaling 34 new post-secondary students, guiding […]

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Ramps like us, baby we were born to run

One of the most exciting facets of disability in the 21st century is the gadgets. The motorized chairs, the innovative prosthetics, the art-like ramp architecture. This innovation is torpedoing daily, as folks with disabilities enter higher economic brackets & positions of power, and as the baby boomer generation ages and moves into disability. But that […]

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The Digital Classroom: Catering to Idealism

One more theorist inspired post from me, once more applying ideas towards technological learning environments. This time I will examine the issue from a perspective inspired by Jean Baudrillard. Baudrillard was a French theorist, writing in the latter half of the 20th century and into the 21st. He covered a broad range of ideas, but […]

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Technological Rationality and You

The development of a highly technological academic learning environment is at once both exciting and intriguing. This exploratory post will use ideas founded within Herbert Marcuse’s work, drawing ideas in particular from One-Dimensional Man. Although it was published in 1964 and written with particular economic and cultural frameworks in mind, many of the ideas presented […]

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Panopticism in the Classroom

by Allen Kempton  Technology for Technologies Sake? Calls have been made to integrate technology into the classroom by both academics and students. As a result, many classrooms have been hastily equipped with sometimes faulty equipment that nobody can use, or even want to learn how to use, such as SMARTBoards. Almost every room in my […]

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Blackboard 9 or Taylorism in the 21st Century

Fasten your seatbelts: I am critically analyzing aspects of Blackboard 9. I tried to think through the positives as I use Blackboard 9 as my digital classroom. I am not convinced that universities should implement platforms like this without student and faculty collaboration prior to implementation. Overall, Blackboard 9 is not as collaborative or as […]

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Public Feeling and Iconic Images: Mass Cultural Exhibitionism?

Co-authored by Sara Humphreys   “Kent State Murder” Type it into Google and a number of images, websites, and blogs will come up, along with the Neil Young song above.   The historical moment is repeated, consistently, through images and through the circulation of these images on the internet and through other mediums.  Digital culture has canonized this moment […]

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