Week 2: Internet? Web? Look Again

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 hypothes.is, 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 hypothes.is 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 Hypothes.is 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 Hypothes.is’ 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.