Sunday, November 8, 2015

Chat Planning: Join us Friday, November 13, 10AM (Central time) - COPING WITH FEAR, SCARCITY, AND (IN)SECURITY

UPCOMING CHAT: Our third chat of the Fall 2015 semester!
Friday, NOVEMBER 13, 10AM-11AM (Norman time)

... and here is our #OpenTeachingOU Fall 2015 Chat Schedule.

No, really and truly, no: Rob, Stacy, and I did NOT realize we were organizing a chat about fear for Friday the 13th...! It just happened that way. :-)

Please feel free to comment with advance materials that people might want to look at. See bottom of this post for resources. And please help us come up with some good questions! You can leave comments here or tweet (use #OpenTeachingOU hashtag).Tentative questions: Please suggest other ideas in the comments section!

Q1. What are some main sources of fear for you in your work? For your students? What effects do you see?
Q2. What are some models and theories that help you better understand and cope with fear?
Q3. What are the biggest scarcity issues in your own work? Your students' work?
Q4. Have you found good scarcity solutions for yourself? Solutions that you can promote and share with students?
Q5. How do terms like security and safety fit into your principles and practices as an educator?
Q6. What role can educational institutions play in coping with fear, scarcity, and (in)security among faculty and students?


FEAR. I would recommend that people start by looking at two wonderful posts from Mariana Funes: The psychology of open: On wrestling your inner MOOC and Of monsters, contemplation and information. The graphics below are from Mariana's posts.

Update: Hot off the Internet press, a great piece from Maha Bali on change that can be scary: When the Technology Changes on You.

SCARCITY. If you have not read Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much by Sendhil Mullainathan, and Eldar Shafir, this NPR interview with Mullainathan provides a good overview: How Scarcity Trap Affects Our Thinking, Behavior.

(IN)SECURITY. Everyone has been wrestling with the idea of "security" in terms of computer security for many years, and now the notion of safety has taken on a new twist in the debate about trigger warnings. There have been lots of articles on this topic in Inside Higher Ed, Chronicle of Higher Ed, and in general publications like Salon and The Atlantic. Just Google "trigger warning" to get a sense of how the debate is shaping up. 

Below are graphics from Mariana Funes's "psychology of open" post listed above:

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