Having just finished editing my opinion piece on how CMSs limit pedagogy, I happen to find Fear 2.0, currently being discussed at EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Conference in San Antonio, in a session entitled “Who’s Afraid of Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and the Big Bad CMS? A Digi-Drama About Fear 2.0” All the media is posted here.
Several videos were part of this project:
- Leslie Madson-Brook created a Voicethread video that sets up a classical analogy
- a YouTube video by Martha Burtis called Fear 2.0: Are We Stagnating? really rang a bell, with its image of students snoozing in front of the CMS. Martha has blogged about her whole panel’s presentation. on this issue — very enlightening.
- Laura Blankenship’s Fear 2.0: Institutional Fear refers to Pandora’s Box.
- Barbara Ganley’s Teacher Fear features an internal dialogue of teachers and students.
Although I’ve been promoting playing on the web, it never occurred to me that fear was related to anything other than security issues (school admins blocking websites, etc.). Although I do not yet live a full 2.0 life like some of these amazing innovators, I can see how fear of a number of things can be factors in stagnation: fear of change, democracy, looking stupid, losing control, freedom. And although I often think it’s the technology that’s not moving fast enough for me, perhaps people are moving slowly too.