Mobilizing Knowledge

There are so many ways to “take” this phrase. Knowledge can move from person to person, group to group or country to country. The internet has changed the fluidity of knowledge. A greater variety of knowledge is available at less cost to more people than every before in history. And yes there is no citation for this. Knowledge can be mobilized when you find information that you didn’t know that you need to know and you apply it. From a blog written by Heide Estes called Blogging and Academic Identity I found the following. She has a disability, usually only part of the year. It is asthma. Now at the beginning of the term the students are notified that the class may be a blended deliver if she has problems with her breathing. Why would this affect anyone else? We aren’t in her class. Many of us know of someone who is an instructor at a post secondary institution. We all know someone who has some for of disability or some other problem that might only be a temporary disability such as a broken leg. Maybe there is a transit strike and it is very difficult to get to class or to work. Maybe the roads are not safe to be on. Being prepared for a blended program gives all instructors the ability to continue work and students to learn. We really need to think outside the box more and following a blog in a non-related area might do that for us.

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2 thoughts on “Mobilizing Knowledge

  1. We are so lucky to be learning at a time when knowledge and research is so fluid and available. It makes so much sense to have a blended environment available for use as necessary. This semester, I used Moodle for the first time in a face-to-face environment. It was really successful as students were able to download data files and answer keys, collaborate on projects, upload assignments, and receive timely assistance and grades from me. Several times throughout the semester, students who couldn’t make it to class emailed me, and I was able to direct them to Moodle as a way of keeping current with the other students.

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  2. You make a good point, Darlene, that we need to think outside the box. And I agree with your suggestion that reading information from a non-related area might help us do that. The cross-disciplinary approach has been around for quite some time, however, we don’t really see it being pursued outside of some post-secondary subjects. I find it fascinating when I see connections between different avenues of ideas. I often find it difficult to explain these connections adequately to someone else, though, and I think that has to do with the “box” you refer to. Education has been “institutionalized” and we are accustomed to thinking only in certain ways. It helps to meet others whose ideas are different in order to help us stretch our own minds. And, thanks to this digital age and the fluidity of knowledge you refer to in your blog, it’s easier than before to stretch our minds and think in ways we never considered before.

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