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Posted by Joyce on November 20, 2010

In the 2010 survey, one of you wrote the following:

Most if not all of the for-profit institutions require technology for their offerings. For god’s sake, we’re tech communicators! We should be using the latest (not beta or bleeding edge, but latest) technology to communicate. We’re also Rhetoricians. We cannot communicate solely by MOO.

So much to say. First, I feel the frustration of the respondent and I also agree that we are clearly rhetoricians and are potentially masters of communication. But I take issue with the normative statement “we should be using the latest technology to communicate.” I think I’d prefer to say something like “We should be using the appropriate means of communicating with each other.” The second question is whether our course offerings are composed strictly of communications (and there’s a good argument that they are) or something else. Perhaps the greatest question of all is how much the student body is willing to spend for the latest, greatest technologies, and whether that expenditure brings sufficient benefits to all of us is warranted.

What do you think?

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