|Instructions to report 1||Getting to Know the Generational Curriculum||History of the Generational Curriculum||The Virtual Book in Cyberspace||My Proposal for Mining the Generational Curriculum||CONCLUSION AND RECOMENDATIONS|
Travis Abe's report 4
Travis begins his report with an organized generational curriculum tree. this tree maps out the the GCDL, which starts at the Dr. James homepage and finishes at the students' homepage's. One interesting thing that he suggests is using GCI's to help find your way around complex sites. What he seems to dispise is the use of tour guides. At the end of the report, I find what I consider very usefull and interesting information that I have already learned and other things that have yet to be discovered. One thing that I can agree with Travis on is the fact that the lab helpers at the porteus lab are not much help. From personal experience, I can safely say that they seem to dispise you if you keep coming back to them asking them for help. One tip for future students of the GCDL is that it is best to ask Dr. James and your friends who are ahead of you. They know what is going on and will help you better than those lab moniters, which seem to only confuse you more at times.
Candice Real's report 4
Candice's report is well organized and starts off with an analogy of the GCDL. Her explanation is that the GCDL is like a rock in a pond and the ripple effect that it has. She goes on to state that the GCDL continues to grow and evolve. I totally agree with how she puts things in perspective. She ends her report with a paragraph on what makes the GCDL unique. She states that some advantages include: having everyone in the community with a same goal of continuing to learn and grow within this unique community. In my opinion, I feel that one of the best attributes to the GCDL is the fact that it allows everyone to learn collectively. I feel that this is one of the best ways of learning.
As I visited the different Generational Curriculum files on the homepages of of the G6 459 class, noticed similarities between their descriptions of the eighteen links and our g7 409b class descriptions. I found that these descriptions help me to see things that I had missed as I observed the eighteen sites. I guess everyone picks out certain things that they find interesting to themselves.
History of the Generational Curriculum
The history of the Generational Curriculum starts off in the 1970's by students in succeding generations which contributed with reports and information from different courses such as statistics, social psychology, personality theory, and History of psychology as a science. Then, in the 1980's the information was augmented using the "Plato" system. finally, in 1993, all courses were taken on the world wide web.by means of the services provided by the college of social sciences.
In my opinion, I feel that the way that the Generational Curriculum has evolved is fantastic. I don't think that people realize how usefull the information provided by a cyber community is. the beauty of the whole thing is that it gets bigger and better as the years pass by, constanly evolving and improving itself. I think that this is probably the most notable aspect of the Generational curriculum. .
In my opinion, I feel that it feels pretty cool to be a part of it although at times, I feel somewhat ashamed that I could not contribute more usefull knowledge as many of the past students of the Generational curriculum. In the future, I see the community expanding and evolving to become better but all of this relies on the upkeep of the files.
To answer the question on what is a "virtual book" I couldn't help but to keep thinking about all of those "virtual reality games that people play. This sort of helped me figure out a way to explain, in my opionion, what a "virtual book" is. The way that I see it is that a virtual book is like a normal book but it offers much more than information on paper. A virtual book lets a reader or in this case, "user" become totally involved with the information in the book and it allows the user to make choices as to where they want to go, and how they are to go about using all of the information. The way I see it is that a virtual book allows a person to not only use the information given, but also allows a person to contribute as well.
Although the cyber community allows much benefits, it can also bring much headaches. I feel that one of the main problem is that many people are not experienced web surfers and that may pose a problem to those with minimal computer knowledge, like myself. If it hadn't been for this course, I would have never heard of topics like cyber communities and so forth. I think that the complexity of some web sites actually scare people away. If I had one bit of advice for those making sites it would be to first of all make it attractive as this is what makes people stay there, and second, keep it simple and easy to navigate. To sum it up, if the virtual book is to complex, it cause navigation to become even harder and more of a hassle. Again, I feel that it is best to keep it nice and simple.
Morgans report basically talks about web page designs and its principals involved with constructing a web page. I really like how she puts her thoughts into perspective. I can agree with her in many ways and found interesting tips to web designs such as using thumbnails to show pictures as it is more efficient than posting whole pictures because it takes a very long time if you have many pictures on your page. Her report makes me reflet on how my web page is desiged. In fact in doing this report, I found that my homepage stinks compared to some of those that I have come across. I am still learning however, and plan to improve my home page in the near future.
In brief, Erins report is pretty much in the same format as the previous one only with different insights as to her opinions on web designs and principles. I really agree with her as to her thoughts and feelings as she describes her first week in class and all of the anxiety that she felt. I too felt and sometimes still feel the anxiety that this class invokes in me. I thought that she hit it on the nose when she said not to fall behind but to keep up with web surfing as it is assigned. I feel that the lack of doing this caused me to fall behind other members of my class.
I feel that the GC can be mined for its information by letting more people now of its existance. I peronally did not even know that it existed, let alone know what it was. I feel that if more people are aware of its existance than it can be further used for its information that it provides. As far as the growth of the Generational Curriculum is concerned, I feel that it can only grow richer and more useful. The only problem that I can see is that it can get very dense with information and finding what you are seeking may become a problem as we can experience this already when looking for specific topics on the web. I think that in order to prevent problems of navigating through the GC, we must organize and create neat and orderly web page designs that are more "surfer" friendly. Ifeel that not being able to find things on the web is one of the most frustrating experiences that can happen being online.
World Ideas Bank
In the past, students attempted to create a data base that would be used to contain opinions on social issues from people throughout the world. Unfortunatly their efforts weren't successful. In my opinion the WIB did not succeed because of the fact tha no one knew that it existed but the students who designed it themselves and their friends. Although the data base was functional it was of no use because of the lack of contrubutions to the bank. What good is it if nobody visits the site? I think that things would have been different if they had advertised it, especially on the internet, ie: newsgroups and other talk forums.
In order for the GC to become more available to students and people interested, I feel that we simply must make it known to the public that we exist! By what means do you ask? Well, I think that first of all, all of the people in the Psychology department should be informed of it's existance by letting the professors inform their students about it. Another way that it could be made more available is by advertising in the Internet. Newsgroups would be a prime way to let people know of how to mine information from the GC. Another way that I feel would be a good way make it more available would be to encourage other universities to do the same, with the same goal in mind, which would be to incorporate all GC's into one huge data base. Actually that idea just popped in my mind and I really don't know how realistic It would be, but it did really sound good, didn't it?
After reading through alfreds proposal, I found that he, like many of our other class mates, agreed that it has to be made known that the GC does exist. He mentions different ways to advertise the GC and and I think that spreading it's existance by word of mouth is the best way to make known the GC. I really feel that it could succeed, but so far it seems that the information has grown but the popularity hasn't caught up to it yet. Alfreds proposal is somewhat similar to mines but I suggest that the best way to advertise it is through newsgroups. I say this because of the fact that those on the newsgroups are probably the people that you would want to advertise to anyway as compared to advertising in the Honolulu Advertiser, where it may just go unnoticed.
My advise to future Generations is that I would definitly not procrastinate and think that you can catch up later. I would only suggest this type of attitude if you are completly familiar with computers and web page designs. Another key thing to remember is to be creative with everything that you do in this class. Dr. James likes that. It makes for nice pages too! One last bit of advice that I have for G8 is that they should go out and find other ways of designing web pages other than using microsoft word. There are many other programs that will make things a lot easier for you. No sense in learning the obsolete right? Good luck and remember to just stick with it when it gets harsh, it'll pass.
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