Liked To Go Far Enough (Sean Michael Morris)

So to be clear: the Instructure DIG initiative would be impossible if students and teachers didnโ€™t show up to class and use the LMS. Likewise, Turnitinโ€™s very expensive database, would eventually become worthless if teachers and institutions stopped asking students to turn-it-in. Weโ€”teachers, administrators, instructional designers–make these platforms not only worth their purchase price, but we make these platforms run.

Bookmarked Imagination as a Precision Tool for Change (Sean Michael Morris)

The project of critical pedagogy is not simply the project of improving education, or of learning, but rather the project of becoming more fully human.

Sean Michael Morris discuss the process of critical change and transformation. He unpacks power and agency, suggesting that where we need to start is with imagination.

Instead of looking for another tool besides Turnitin for plagiarism, agency asks us to intervene upon the assumptions, acceptances, and adaptations that surround the agreement we generally hold that plagiarism is both unquestionably a problem and inevitable in every student population. Also, that we are helpless to its cresting wave.

And to look that deeply at our assumptions requires a willingness to believe in monsters washed up on the Chilean shore. We must not only want to see the world as it could be, to be intrigued by its possibilities, but we must be able to see it as it could be otherwise.