I feel as if the blog itself is becoming very self-referential in this conversation of layering knowledge and information. There are now a number of blog posts that exist within this sphere of knowledge; some of the posts build on ideas from the current week’s topics while others pull ideas from past posts. Many of the posts contain comments that either add to the knowledge presented or raise questions for further investigation.
Sacha’s post about building on others ideas, mainly on Wikipedia, brought to mind Peter Stallybrass’s article and how we need reject the idea of originality and instead utilize the database of shared ideas. The idea of layering references and information in databases can help transform the way education is traditionally thought of. Stallybrass states that, “databases can help free us from the tyranny of proprietary authors, solitary thinkers who produce knowledge out of their own minds” (1583). Instead of education being about individual accomplishment or a competition of ideas, it becomes cooperative and collaborative. Technology has been essential in transitioning to this new model of education.
Sydney’s post, where she discusses incorporating technology in pedagogy, made me think of how we are incorporating technology into the classroom. The blog incorporates technology in a practical way that allows for greater interaction with peers and increased student engagement. Furthermore, it helps foster a sense of collective authorship and learning.
As a result we become more critical readers, authors and editors, which is important when drawing from a database full of seemingly limitless information. And this is important for using databases most efficiently to promote innovation. Stallybrass quotes Mary Carruthers: “Having ‘inventory’ is a requirement for ‘invention’” (1582). The blog represents an inventory of knowledge and demonstrates how useful technology is for being an aid for education as well as a form of collective authorship.