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Academic Commons: Suck or not suck?

“Academic Commons”:http://www.academiccommons.org/ is a new “online forum for investigating and defining the role that technology can play in liberal arts education.” Just looking at it (and the whuffie of the person who supplied me the link) I am not sure whether it is suck or not suck. However, it is heartening that they have an “interview with Jerry Graff”:http://www.academiccommons.org/commons/interview/graff above the fold on their front page — the same guy whose book I “recently whole heartedly endorsed”:https://savageminds.org/2005/08/17/the-grim-smile/.

I’m going to pull a Cory Doctorow on this one and post the link after having looked at it for mere femtoseconds. So you tell me — suck or not suck?


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Alex Golub is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. His book Leviathans at The Gold Mine has been published by Duke University Press. You can contact him at rex@savageminds.org

3 thoughts on “Academic Commons: Suck or not suck?


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    Kerim says:

    I’ve taken some time to look throught he site. My verdict : not suck. It seems better than many similar sites focusing on technology and education. Most such sites aren’t particularly good, so that might sound like not much of a complement, but I think it is a hard subject to talk about well. It will be interesting to see how they hold up over time…


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    Rex says:

    cool.


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    Howard Whitlock says:

    Sucks. The problem with this sort of thing is that it has a remarkably pollyannish view of the static nature of technology, and vastly underestimates the costs.

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