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Grant Potter

All I Know Is What’s on the Internet

As much as the advocates of information literacy at libraries and universities hope to be arbiters of truth and facilitators of knowledge, with a unimpeachable mission of social justice guiding their practices, their micro actions over the past few centuries have too often been tangential rather than negotiated with or in resistance to the dominant hierarchy. The result is a system that, by and large, reconciles pupils to the existing order, first in deference to an aristocracy of power and now to the sovereignty of the market.

So rather than develop localized standards, with librarians and instructors working in collaboration with those seeking information, developing together shared social standards for knowledge in their community, colleges and libraries have ceded control to content publishers, who impose their hierarchical understanding of information on passive consumers, leaving institutions to only exhibit and protect the information. In this, they have excelled: Access to the world’s most prestigious research journals is a website away, although that website is behind both a tuition and a journal subscription firewall. The best teachers in the world offer the best courses in the world for free through networks of classes aimed at democratizing education, as long as the students are essentially autodidacts. Although shrewd advertising promotes the college experience as personalized and connective, schools and libraries have joined the historical arbiters of culture as mausoleums.

To remake education into a space of social justice rather than course-by-course “all you can consume” content buffets, faculty and staff would need to acknowledge and address these structural issues. Instead, educators doubled down on control, promulgating top-down information-literacy rubrics.

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http://www.arl.org/storage/documents/FinalPressReleaseforNNPrinciplesHigherEdandLibraries.pdf "At its best, the Internet is a platform for teaching and learning, collaboration, and interaction among students, faculty, researchers, library patrons, local communities, and the world."

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http://www.allaboardhe.ie/info/ "we sought, where possible, to explore aspects of ‘confidence’ (or the lack of it) in the use of technologies by everyone engaged in higher education (students, academic staff (faculty), technical, support, and administrative staff)."

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https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/04/the-adjunct-professor-crisis/361336/ "adjuncts now constitute 76.4 percent of U.S. faculty across all institutional types"

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offers a call to colleges & universities around the globe to consider how their resources—staff, faculty, students, space, digital infrastructures, brands—can be deployed at all three layers of the initiative .... It has to be willing to lend a portion of its infrastructure and its time and its endowments to this integrated model of network plus institution plus community, even though this model does not factor in prestige rankings or research dollars. It has to be willing to look to people both in and beyond classroom walls as part of its purview. http://er.educause.edu/articles/2017/5/antigonish-2-0-a-way-for-higher-ed-to-help-save-the-web‬

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A for Faculty Collaboratives January 22-May 6, 2017 http://openlearninghub.net/about/

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Education Is Not an App: The Future of University Teaching in the Internet Age https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29389855-education-is-not-an-app "a path into the future based on faculty autonomy, shared governance, and concentration on the university's traditional role of promoting the common good."

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survey via @bdolor 'Understanding faculty comfort levels toward an open and transparent publishing process for OER' https://survey.bccampus.ca/index.php/252762?lang=en

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chatting requirements for faculty professional development - bringing @DrTonyBates thoughts to mind http://www.tonybates.ca/2014/05/05/online-learning-faculty-development-and-academic-freedom/