August 26, 2006

h4. Failure

Some two years ago I started this BLOG to encourage mature students to talk to one another. I have failed.

I understand that people committing themselves to university study later in life may be hard pressed for time, however, for me, a good bit of the motivation for doing a degree was the expectation of intellectually stimulating exchanges with other students. It seems it was not to be, at least with other mature students.

Perhaps my mistake was to regard myself as an oldie rather than simply as a student. I find that many of my young contemporaries are perfectly happy to engage with me without any of the ageism that I find so hard to avoid when assessing myself.

It remains my conviction that the University suffers from too little interactive, co–operative student effort.


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  1. Mathew Mannion

    Perhaps the problem is not really in the idea, or the people, but the execution? In my experience, blogs are not designed to be for collaborative discussion – you called your blog a forum, but why not instead use a forum for this purpose?

    26 Aug 2006, 13:24

  2. Well yes, but to me a bolg was merely somewhere someone could post a comment in the expectation of a response. Perhaps a forum would be better but the fundamental problem seems to be twofold: to persuade mature students to use their computers at all, and to persuade students generally that there is more to learning than getting marks.

    Perhaps I am just jaundiced!

    26 Aug 2006, 18:22


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