Posts in "TEACH"

Social Scholarship: Educators in digital, social spaces

Educators must prepare students to be the multiliterate individuals that they will need to be successful in their futures. Schools are ultimately responsible for preparing students to be critical users of available technologies (Damarin, 2000; Leu, Kinzer, Coiro, & Cammack, 2004), problem solvers, and good communicators in networked civic spaces (Mishra & Kereluik, 2011; Binkley…

Digital Literacies and the Skinner Box

If you recognize the name B.F. Skinner, you most likely associate him with behaviorism, a theoretical perspective that focuses on human behaviors a primarily responses to stimuli. This approach assumes that all behaviors are responses to stimuli from the outside world, either rewards or punishment.  This system of rewards and/or punishment is known as operant…

How to respond to trolling behaviors

If you interact online, chances are you have witnessed trolling and trolling behaviors. You may also have been targeted by these behaviors as they show up in comment sections and social media platforms.  A 2016 poll of over 1000 Americans reported that 25% of respondents were victims of online harassment or knew someone who was. Of the…

Why people troll others online

When online discussions break down, we often point the finger at the illusive troll or identify behaviors we would describe as trollish. In my research I've been studying literacy practices in online, social spaces. In this context, I need to come to terms with the role of trolling and these anti-social behaviors.  This post will unpack…

Online disinhibition effect

This week I spent some time actually scrolling through my Facebook feed and came across a post in which a friend shared a video of what was labeled as "Antifa on traffic duty in Portland, Oregon" from the Facebook Page for The Conservative Treehouse. The Conservative Treehouse has been described as posting "conservative-leaning stories that sometimes…