As I read the “A Personal Cyberinfrastructure” my mind wanders into how fast the technology used in University is growing. Back when I went to this school in 2009, there were no smartphones, no tablets and barely anyone bringing their computers to class. You only needed your best friend paper and pencil. However these days being in the “digital age” classes differ even within these two years. Smart phones can be used for entertainment but also for learning with their ever growing apps and computers and tablets are becoming the new notebooks and textbooks we use to carry around in our backpacks. University has become a better place to learn with more tools available for its students. Though I find that “higher education” does not have to relate with what most people think a person who will have more thinking skills or different ideas but, rather a person who knows more information. I personally think that a person is made from what he learns in his lifetime and the processed information become who they are.
“Here’s one idea. Suppose that when students matriculate, they are assigned their own web servers — not 1GB folders in the institution’s web space but honest-to-goodness virtualized web servers of the kind available for $7.99 a month from a variety of hosting services, with built-in affordances ranging from database maintenance to web analytics. As part of the first-year orientation, each student would pick a domain name. Over the course of the first year, in a set of lab seminars facilitated by instructional technologists, librarians, and faculty advisors from across the curriculum, students would build out their digital presences in an environment made of the medium of the web itself. They would experiment with server management tools via graphical user interfaces such as cPanel or other commodity equivalents. They would install scripts with one-click installers such as SimpleScripts. They would play with wikis and blogs; they would tinker and begin to assemble a platform to support their publishing, their archiving, their importing and exporting, their internal and external information connections. They would become, in myriad small but important ways, system administrators for their own digital lives.3 In short, students would build a personal cyberinfrastructure, one they would continue to modify and extend throughout their college career — and beyond.”
This idea given by Campbell in my opinion has its ups and downs. What I disagree with blogs and more news being widen through the general public is that more of the same idea same views will dominate the web. Different idea’s different methods different views will be overpowered by these stronger ideas. So in short giving a student a force blog will not only ruin their thinking but also their learning experience. However, The idea of teaching them how to navigate and take the most out of what kind of information is out there is something that can be used from this paragraph. Most students know how to go to wikipedia for a topic but don’t really know how to use internet effectively. No one has ever taught me how to use the internet. There are infinite information yet we only learn to look at the few.