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M.E. O'Neill

Kean University 2021, The Network

An Alternative Explanation for Our Exhaustion

Maybe I’m in the minority, but Zoom meetings don’t leave me feeling drained in the way that this week’s readings—“Why We’re Exhausted by Zoom” by Susan D. Blum and “The Zoom Gaze” by Autumm Caines—describe. Of course, I understand why “Zoom fatigue” is a real phenomenon; both Blum and Caines point out how during video conferencing, it’s impossible to make eye contact, frustrating to listen to laggy speakers, and tempting to constantly make real-time adjustments to your appearance—all of which […]

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Kean University 2021, The Network

The Internet of Publicity, Bigotry, and Liberty

I want to start this post by sharing my Daily Create kaleidoscope. This activity was engrossing, and I spent way too much time playing around with the program and trying out different colors. The little red dot in the middle of my finished product gives me 2001: A Space Odyssey vibes, and an AI gone rogue seems to fit the theme of NetNarr.  I spent way too much time playing with this kaleidoscope painter. @ds106dc #tdc3323 #ds106 #netnarr pic.twitter.com/OyXHp8l0MQ— M.E. […]

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Kean University 2021, The Network

Unintentionally Inequitable Hybrid Instruction

“Intentionally Equitable Hospitality in Hybrid Video Dialogue: The context of virtually connecting” by Maha Bali, et al. describes how the VConnecting (Virtually Connecting) community facilitates “hybrid conversations” by livestreaming academic conferences for virtual participants who are unable to attend in person. By practicing “intentionally equitable hospitality,” the VConnecting community encourages historically marginalized and disenfranchised groups to contribute to academic conversations alongside “established scholars.”  I appreciate that Bali, et al. recognize that hospitality must be intentional. It’s easy to say that […]

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Kean University 2021, The Network

Closing the Caring Gap and Opening the World

As someone who doesn’t have any children, reading “The Post Pandemic University and the Caring Gap” by Gabriela Saldanha was eye opening (and it made me extra grateful that my only responsibilities right now are two very easy to care for cats). Saldanha explains how the pandemic is widening the caring gap that already existed between carers—individuals with care-taking responsibilities, such as childcare and household duties—and non-carers. Carers (who are often women and people of color) face unseen discrimination in […]

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Kean University 2021, The Network

Cautious Optimism for Post Pandemic Education

As both an educator whose first year of teaching was interrupted by a pandemic and a graduate student whose first semester was entirely online, I’m becoming increasingly interested in the relationship between technology and education. The toolbox of digital resources available to teachers and students has been rapidly changing and expanding for years, but the outdated, conservative, and bureaucratic education system hasn’t exactly kept up. The pandemic changed that; suddenly and without precedent, schools were forced to shift instruction entirely […]

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