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What I Have Learned from my Classmates: The EOTO Project November 7, 2008

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“Each One Teach One,” is a class project for Journalism 713, which is one of five courses offered in a graduate-level online certificate program at the (University’s name corrected 11/08/08) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication.


For two weeks, my classmates in J-713 and I have explored topics of our choosing that shed light on a problem or issue about global communication technology. Here are the goals of the assignment:


  • Identify some global communication technology issue(s) or problems(s) that concerns you
  • Discover Web resources that will help us know more about the issue or problem
  • Share and discuss these issues and problems in an effort to find a solution


In the assignment’s second part, we were asked to read the blog postings of our classmates’ EOTO projects, and choose five to review and comment about. This exercise is a great opportunity – beyond our interaction on the discussion boards via BlackBoard – to get to hear from my classmates. In a previous post I discussed one classmates’ project about digital imaging and photo manipulation on the Internet. In today’s post, I will combine my thoughts about four other classmates’ EOTO projects, in no particular order.


“Guilty until proven fair use,” is Kennedy’s project, and it is about the Web hosting service YouTube, created in 2005. At issue is copyright and the Fair Use Doctrine. She talks about the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and she introduced me to a new term, “remixers.”  Her information supporting her thoughtful argument gives me more to think about YouTube, which I access often. As a consumer/user, I go to YouTube hoping and expecting to find whatever it is that I’m looking for, and copyright infringement isn’t first – or even on my mind at all. That changes now. Also, I appreciated the point made about the “lack of privacy protection for those wanting to file a counter-notification for reposting the alleged infringing material.”


“Healthcare 101: Basic Health Literacy as a Basic Human Right,” is Windye’s project. I’m drawn to her topic about the health illiteracy problem because of the literacy advocacy aspect. My EOTO project explored the gender digital divide and what it means to literacy globally. “Our first concern should be how to achieve universal access to basic healthcare on a more individual level; mainly working towards the primary goal of improving health literacy to all global citizens,” she writes. I appreciated the definition Windye provided for health literacy: “…the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.” Also, I liked Windye’s use of repetition to introduce her five fears (and to emphasize the point): “In a larger and faster digital information society,….”


Bobby chose as his topic, “Facebook as a Catalyst for Improving Thoughts about the Candidates.” I appreciated Bobby’s openness in describing his approach to the EOTO project. He revealed his thoughts and the process he used, via social networking on Facebook, to evolve in his ideas about the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates. “I’m centering this project on how Facebook has served as a catalyst for me to develop my own thoughts about the candidates in the 2008 elections,” he wrote. In his conclusion: “The hope and promise of internet debate – the two-way street of blogs – is that each person may arrive at a more nuanced, factually-correct understanding of the candidates.”  His experience really defines what, and why, social networking like Facebook, is popular and works. He did a great job chronicling his progression, and providing Web sites that helped shape his thinking.


Another classmate, Betty, chose as her project to look at the U.S. presidential race and online information for voters. In her post, “Are Voters Getting Accurate Information?,” she tackles “…inaccurate and misleading information about U.S. presidential candidates and their running mates.” Betty consistently adds to the discussion about politics and parties in her blog. I enjoyed her evaluations of the Web resources that talk about her EOTO project subject. Her attention to the “About Us,” sections, and her detail about how she dug deeper when they came up short or were non-existent by using other Web resources (Google, for example) helped prove her point about the need to dig deep for accurate information. She communicated her fears well. I also liked the links in Betty’s possible solutions. In her ending paragraph, Betty writes: “None of these sites are 100 percent reliable and no candidate is perfect.”


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