Environment as Context
This pre/face is an afterthought, after all is said and done...so far.
We, Kristian (computer GEEK) and Janet (teacherly geek) started collaborating
on MOOtiny in May 1995.
By July, we knew we wanted to work together building
an alternative educational MOO environment, one which would call most upon
the ethos of social MOOs and still combine security and a loose framework
for the work and play of learning: a place where "tech" and "rhet" do meet
on common grounds: a place where theory and practice could
come together, informing each to each as always, yet with the added dimension
of enactment. The
MOO, for us, has been home and hearth, our social milieu, our communication
umbilical cord, our work space and our playground. We come from very
different backgrounds: Kristian from the sciences, and Janet from the
But we share this in common: curiosity. Kristian was curious about what he could do
with MOO to help teachers; Janet was curious about what the technical features of MOO could do for her and her students. Together, we explored ways to help others, teachers and students,
feel more at home in the MOO environment.
We return again and again to this notion of MOO as "environment" because this
metaphor is crucial to an understanding of what we have built at DaMOO.
Three short weeks after DaMOO was up and running, we attended the MOO
conference in Berkeley,
The Virtual Classroom: Writing Across the Internet.
John Slatin gave the plenary address,
"The Next Revolution: Real Students in Imaginary Classrooms," and when he
insisted on MOO as "environment" rather than "tool," we turned to each other
and grinned. "Yes. We know. Yes, we agree. Finally someone talking our
Such had been our idea the summer before when we sketched out our
plans for our next MOO. The notion of "environment"
rather than "tool" is precisely what shaped our shared vision; Slatin "named"
the "situation," succintly.
Know Thy MOO
Know Thy Pedagogy
Know Thy Students' Needs
Covet Not Thy Neighbor's Code or Words
Spam Unto Others Only as You Would Have Them Spam Unto You
Suffer Newbies to Come Unto You
Forget Not Thy Password
Know Thy Security Measures
Be Thou Not a Quota Hawg
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