CTCVista Project Fall/Winter 2006 Digest

November 21, 2006

Over at the CTC Vista Project Digest Colleen Kelly from Project: Think Different writes about P:TD’s new Media Watch Team in her article titled, “Media Literacy on the Streets (of Boston)

“Our objective through the Media Action Series is to create a culture in which young people believe in their power to create change in the media and beyond, and to provide youth the education and access to resources to become well informed, socially responsible, and participatory citizens of society.”

The fall edition includes:

  • One Alumna’s Advice for CTC VISTAs, by (former CTC VISTA) Molly Szymanski – “Working on a project that requires knowledge of local resources can be difficult especially if you haven’t been in the city long enough to be familiar with community networks.”
  • Rethinking “Internet for Everyone” & Social Networking, by (current VISTA) Brittney Fosbrook – “Why would case managers use this technology tool, they questioned, if they could barely navigate the internet? It is true, many of the people in the office have not been provided with the intensive technology training that I have taken for granted.”
  • Community Networking Hits Media Mainstream (Almost)!, by Frank Odasz – “Perhaps future programs will focus on the lessons learned from thousands of community technology centers and community networks struggling to educate citizens, generate local content, and provide fiber and wireless broadband access.”

Learn more about the CTC Vista Project here.


Harvard Law School Course Opens Access to Education Using New Web Tools

August 24, 2006

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An exciting new educational opportunity, “CyberOne: Law in the Court of Public Opinion” is hoping to advance open access to education using new web media tools.

The course is being taught at Harvard Law School and at Harvard Extension School through Second Life. Class videos will be made available through Cambridge Community Television and on the web for the public “at large”.

As a Staff Assistant the Berkman Center, I’ve been fortunate to be able to follow the development of this course being led by Havard Law School Professor Charles Nesson and his daughter Rebeccca Nesson. I will be supporting the course, by helping to make the content available as audio podcasts for AudioBerkman, as well as sharing the course videos on the soon to be launched VideoBerkman, on blip.tv.

From the course blog:

“Throughout the course we will be studying many different media technologies to understand how their inherent characteristics and modes of distribution affect the arguments that are made using them. Students will be immersed in this study through project-based assignments in which they will be using these technologies to make their own arguments.”

The “Course Development Wiki” can be found here.

Understandingly, many educators and educational institutions have been reluctant to open such access to course content on the web because of intellectual property and other legal concerns. However, my personal hope is that the course may help to calm concerns and provide yet another example of the exciting potential that open access can provide to students, educators, educational institutions, and the public through education for those with access to new technologies on the web.

Colin Rhinesmith,
President, ACMEBoston