Grand places are memorable. But equally memorable are places that appear ordinary but are attached to our personal, grand experiences.

They are part of a larger narrative, and what we will explore this week.

But first, let’s deal with…

Do you have Audio Anguish?


Anguish flickr photo by soundman1024 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

Last week we introduced activities where we had to record, share, and edit audio. Are you free from anguish? What problems, challenges did you have?

We will give our Kean students a chance to express (yell?) their audio anguish in class. But you can as well do that, and hopefully what is more effective, ask questions via twitter (#netnarr hashtag) and / or your blog.

Again, the things facing you are:

It works well 😉

Share your anguish! And then get over it, turn the pain into audio power

After the Vermont Bus Tour

In class we will discuss and share what we observed from last week’s Virtual Bus Tour to the Young Writers Project including the activity and audio work around the content area on the YWP site.

It’s well worth a watch of the hangout session to hear the voices of the young writers who joined us, especially when asked, that they read one of their own poems.

In that vein (not vain) we are asking Kean students to bring to class their own creative writing (very short story or poem) and we may just ask you to read them outloud. We were intrigued by the way the YWP authors talked about what a live reading of their work means to their writing.

Before the Australia Bus Tour

The bus engine is idling this week, as we prepare for the long drive to the east coast of Australia, the city of Wollongong (south of Sydney). We will be meeting up later this week with Kate Bowles, a professor at the University of Wollongong and hopefully some of her students.

The topic this week is what we call “The Storied Campus” and it’s about what our memories attached to places on campus can mean, when we share them, or as Kate described it:

I’m thinking: would it be interesting to ask students to photograph an image of a place on campus where something meaningful has happened for them, to them? A place of memory or resonance, for any reason.

We will also explore the comparison of the way Universities represent the life of students there and what these stories reveal.

In our efforts to see the ways the places we are known are seen by the world via their representation online, our activities will have our Kean University students explore what they can learn a student’s experience is like at Kate’s school, the University of Wollongong, and invite Kate’s students there to see what they can learn about Kean University.

Find web sites, images, videos that suggest the way each school describes itself.

Then students at each place will attach their own “memory place” stories of their most personally or educationally meaningful moments on campus and include a photo of that place.

We are going to share these using the visual noteboard site, “Padlet”. Anyone can add a note by double clicking the area they want to attach it (they can be moved around later by authors) and include media in their notes.

It’s like an infinite virtual space, so scroll around to see the areas we set up for your contributions (and no account is needed).

The Storied Campus padlet

Try it out!

This is not a checklist (I told you this would happen)

Remixed with apologies to Magritte

For this week, we ask you to determine what it takes to represent your creativity and reflections for our activities. What connections can you make to things that interest you, that you care about, that what you worry about. What surprised you. What made you excited.

What are the differences, how does it feel when between our stories are congruent with an institution’s story of it’s students versus when not. Is it even possible to create a single synthesis of what truly happens in a university? What is lost in “averaging”?

How can we, in a time of ever increasing volumes of information that we may have to learn whether to trust or not, pull out the story threads of a mosaic versus accepting a master narrative. How is this related to “world building” – what gets shut out or edited different from our experiences?

This is not a list.

Featured Image: Primary Chairs (Simon Fraser University) flickr photo by cogdogblog shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

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