Twitter TAGS Explorer for Open Learning '17 and '18. Affordance created by @mhawksey (Martin Hawksey, Open University)

Twitter TAGS Explorer for Open Learning ’17 and ’18. Affordance created by @mhawksey (Martin Hawksey, Open University)

It’s 2018. What could be more familiar than the Internet and the World Wide Web?

This week may yield some surprising answers to those questions–and those answers may help us better understand, and design, architectures of productive participation within our global, light-speed telecommunications environment.

We’ll be reading, annotating, and discussing two key essays this week. In addition to blogging and a Twitter chat, you’ll need to work with, the affordance with which we’ll annotate these essays together, in public, on the web. In short, we’ll be making a web of annotations across documents about the Internet and the Web, and that web of annotations becomes part of the very network it seeks to understand. As we say in the biz, “recursion FTW.”

The website has a great quick-start guide for you. And if you run into difficulties, don’t hesitate to tweet, blog, or even email a call for help. We’re all learning together here.

And now, the week ahead:

MONDAY-TUESDAY, February 19-20: Read and annotate John Naughton, “The Internet: everything you ever need to know.”

WEDNESDAY, February 21: Twitter chat, NOON EST, to discuss the Naughton article.

THURSDAY, February 22: Read and annotate “Tim Berners-Lee on the Web at 25: the past, present and future,” (Wired 23 August 2014).

FRIDAY, February 23: Twitter chat, 3 PM EST, to discuss the Berners-Lee article.
Blogging opportunity: What do you think are the most important things learners should know about the Internet and the World Wide Web? How might higher education address that need?


A conversation featuring two leaders of the annotation project: Jeremy Dean, Director of Education, and Jon Udell, Director, Integration. We discuss Vannevar Bush’s classic essay “As We May Think,” liberal learning, and’ goal of empowering a conversation around the world’s knowledge.

You don’t have to read the essay to enjoy the interview, though of course it couldn’t hurt. 🙂

Page by Gardner Campbell, hub director.

One Response to “Week 2: Internet? Web? Look Again.” Subscribe

  1. Mark Wilson February 25, 2018 at 11:48 pm #

    In the years since I first read the passage below, I’ve been searching for an example of an academic workflow that captures all the ‘trails’ of my research. Bookmarks, annotations, research software, internet searches and databases are all separate trails. How does one link them together permanently?

    “The owner of the memex, let us say, is interested in the origin and properties of the bow and arrow. Specifically he is studying why the short Turkish bow was apparently superior to the English long bow in the skirmishes of the Crusades. He has dozens of possibly pertinent books and articles in his memex. First he runs through an encyclopedia, finds an interesting but sketchy article, leaves it projected. Next, in a history, he finds another pertinent item, and ties the two together. Thus he goes, building a trail of many items. Occasionally he inserts a comment of his own, either linking it into the main trail or joining it by a side trail to a particular item. When it becomes evident that the elastic properties of available materials had a great deal to do with the bow, he branches off on a side trail which takes him
    ittps:// 18/22
    )/14/2017 As We May Think – The Atlantic
    through textbooks on elasticity and tables of physical constants. He inserts a page of longhand analysis of his own. Thus he builds a trail of his interest through the maze of materials available to him.
    And his trails do not fade. Several years later, his talk with a friend turns to the queer ways in which a people resist innovations, even of vital interest. He has an example, in the fact that the outraged Europeans still failed to adopt the Turkish bow. In fact he has a trail on it. A touch brings up the code book. Tapping a few keys projects the head of the trail. A lever runs through it at will, stopping at interesting items, going off on side excursions. It is an interesting trail, pertinent to the discussion. So he sets a reproducer in action, photographs the whole trail out, and passes it to his friend for insertion in his own memex, there to be linked into the more general trail.”

Leave a Reply