๐Ÿ“‘ Education in the (Dis)Information Age

Bookmarked Education in the (Dis)Information Age - Hybrid Pedagogy by Kris Shaffer (Hybrid Pedagogy)
It's time we brought back the hyperlink and learned how to really use it. Itโ€™s time we used information abundance to our advantage. And itโ€™s time we disentangled our communications from platforms tuned for the spread of disinformation. The health of our democracies just might depend on it.
Kris Shaffer reflects on the abundance of information on the web. He suggests that the hyperlink maybe ‘our most potent weapon’ against disinformation:

The oldest and simplest of internet technologies, the hyperlink and the โ€œnewโ€ kind of text it affords โ€” hypertext โ€” is the foundational language of the internet, HyperText Markup Language (HTML). Hypertext connects all the disparate pieces of the web together. And itโ€™s Sci-Fi name isnโ€™t an accident. Itโ€™s hyperdrive for the internet, bending information space so that any user can travel galaxy-scale information distances with a small movement of a finger. The hyperlink still remains one of the most powerful elements of the web. In fact, Iโ€™d argue that the hyperlink is our most potent weapon in the fight against disinformation.

This potential though is being challenged by platforms that keep users trapped within. This is something that Chris Aldrich touched upon in a recent post about Facebook:

The note post type has long since fallen by the wayside and I rarely, if ever, come across people using it anymore in the wild despite the fact that itโ€™s a richer experience than traditional status updates. I suspect the Facebook black box algorithm doesnโ€™t encourage its use. I might posit that itโ€™s not encouraged as unlike most Facebook functionality, hyperlinks in notes on desktop browsers physically take one out of the Facebook experience and into new windows!

A part of the focus on hyperlinks is an emphasis on organising around canonical links. As Doug Belshaw explains:

Unless it contains sensitive information, publish your work to a public URL that can be referenced by others. This allows ideas to build upon one another in a โ€˜slow hunchโ€™ fashion. Likewise, with documents and other digital artefacts, publish and then share rather than deal with version control issues by sending the document itself.

Another approach is a federated system, such as Mike Caulfield’s Wikity theme.

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