Thursday, October 26, 2006

Liberating students online

Andrew has a great post on the need for students to have access to a server to post content online. He points out that SJSU is part of iTunes U. There are a few podcasts in iTunes, but why don't we have a page like Stanford? And, more importantly, as Andrew points out: "There has been no explanation from the University or iTunes about how STUDENTS can access the server. That's like writing the PHP for Digg and then removing the submit button!"

As I posted before, students need to be able to create a presence for themselves online. As Scoble told us when he visited JMC163:

“I don’t care if you blog or not, but if you are not in Google and your work is not in Google, I don’t trust you, I don’t know what you do, I don’t know that you are participating in the community and sharing and building a brand around your journalism…. They are not hiring people that do not have a body of work that they can demonstrate.”
San Jose State, and probably most other colleges, needs to recognize this and make it easier for students to create a presence online. I think it is embarrassing that there are not more classes for us to take to learn this stuff. The only way to learn is to do it yourself. I have seriously been thinking about taking a class at a local community college to catch up on the web skills I need, the skills that are not taught in any classes I can take at SJSU.

1 comment:

Sean Gilpin said...

I agree with a lot of your posts about lack of technological "forward" thinking at SJSU. Considering we are in the heart of Silicon Valley it is very sad. I think we have a lot of the capabilities to create a better online community, they just aren't being used correctly. The technical people should marry up with the media people more often and we might have better results.