Monday, June 27, 2005

I have been told I can't talk to students

I have been told (by my boss) that I can't talk to students on my podcasts.
I am aghast.
I remember the great conversations I had with Robert Scoble when he was a student. We talked about technology and education and those conversations changed my life, my job and the role of computing in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at SJSU.
If in those early days we could have had a global conversation about how the world of education is changing, I can't imagine not being able to include him just because he was a student. We have great students today that have important things to say who may be the next Scobles, and I have been told (by my boss) that I can't talk to students on my podcasts, even if I do it on my own time using my own equipment and my own ISP.
I was thinking it might be good to get some students together to do a podcast about that. Oh yes, and we might want to talk about the First Amendment.


At 9:20 AM, Antilochus said...

You can't talk about your students while podcasting or you can't podcast to your students?

I'm not sure what the situation is, but if I were you I'd keep right on podcasting to your students. First Amendment or not, publishing a podcast is comparable to publishing lecture notes online; provided you aren't naming the students with their full names. Heck, make up a name even if that helps smooth things over :)

At 3:26 PM, Josie said...

I assumed from the post that you've been told that you can't create casts that include the voices and opinions of your students. Firstly - are they not adults? And able to give informed consent about their participation?

I'm very curious to know how this ties in to the policy of your institution, at what level it's been discussed, and if this is just a panicked reaction to the unknown. I'd imagine that your institution supports student newspapers, radio, perhaps even campus TV? Is this to do with podcasting or something to do with your terms of employment?

Please post further!

At 4:40 AM, alexanderhayes said...

......and so begins where I left off five years ago defending my right to contact students using SMS via their cell phones. At that point in time and considering the cohort , my students were all contactable via mobile cell but not in any other form as they were shifting residence every second day and coming into class even more sporadically.

I say call BULL......

These students are adults. Your not taking away enrolements, fees, places, competetive advantage and least of all privacy.

Studnets live in an age of passwords, logins, permissions and all kinds of gateways. We do little to educate them in our everyday class setting. Most of our 'education' occurs when we step outside into the social dividends world.

Treading carefully but speak loudly. I'd be frightened individual if you shut up and never had another word to say to your students otherwise.



Alex Hayes
Perth, Australia


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