jimgetz and wezlo discuss how technology is not easier unless/until you learn the tool. I don’t know what jabber is, but wezlo’s comment, “properly setting up a jabber server with access only given to people university accounts,” brings up all the complicated issues of the private and public. Why is public education such a limited resource? Why not – with those who are willing and able to learn the tools – open up and enliven the learning process by making it more accessible?

I’m disturbed that the most basic human activity ~ learning ~ has become such an intensely private and solitary affair.

Meanwhile, jimgetz linked to an article on Wikis and Podcasts and Blogs! Oh, My! What is a Faculty Member Supposed to Do?