Social media blackout

| November 17, 2010

Eric Darr, Provost at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology Pennsylvania, recently decided to run a social experiment.

He instructed information technology officials at Harrisburg to block access to social media tools from computers using the campus network, and to disable the wiki and chat features in the university’s Moodle-based learning management system. The barriers remained in place for one week.

Harrisburg is by mission a technology-driven institution. The purpose of the exercise, says Darr, was to pause to rethink the impact of social media on the personal and professional lives of everyone on campus, citing the fact that colleagues with offices 300 yards apart communicate via e-mail. The ‘no technology’ challenge is being picked up by other education institutions across the US; recently, Portland’s Lincoln High School’s English students also went on a week-long technology ‘fast’.

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Category: e-Education, Summer 2010

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