Not only about the technology, part four

A computer power switch in the off position.

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The Sloan-C conference highlighted innovative uses of technology, but the technology served a larger purpose.  The last session brought home the point that the innovations were not only about the technology.

USM’s Maureen Ebben, Julien Murphy, and Glenn Wilson spoke of a productive discussion among their respective media studies, philosophy, and computer networking students.The different perspectives from media, philosophy, and technology enriched the discussion on media ethics.

Since Professor Murphy’s Media Ethics class was online, the students used iPads for the exercise.  With all due respect to iPads the important thing was the multidisciplinary collaboration.  The iPads simply served as the platform.

Indeed, let’s experiment with different technologies.  At the same time let’s not lose sight of our learning goals.