Information Overload

The potential for “Information Overload” exists for everyone, regardless of how many, or which, social networking tools they use.

 
I have been avoiding the use of the newest and most popular tools ¬†(e.g. Twitter, Facebook, Blogging, etc.) in an attempt to keep my influx of information at a minimum. ¬†After all, why should I add yet another means for information to move in my direction? ¬†If I need information about something, I can go and get it. ¬†I suppose I have been, unknowingly, filtering the information that comes to me, so as to not get overloaded by it. ¬†I have¬†implemented this¬†filter by keeping the number of channels, through which information flows to me, minimized. ¬†Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that this is necessarily the best or the right thing to do, it’s just what I have been doing.
 
The notion of “information overload” is nothing new. ¬†As Brian Solis writes in his blog:¬†The fallacy of information overload, “This isn‚Äôt a new phenomenon by any means. The sensation of being overwhelmed by information has been linked to every media¬†revolution“. ¬†The problem is not that there is ¬†too much information, but rather, the problem is in one’s ability to filter out the static! ¬†Solis goes on to state that while information overload is not new, “The number of channels we’re expected to engage with is“. ¬†So now there are 1000 channels to watch on TV, do we really feel like we have to watch them all? ¬†Of course not, we filter out the static. ¬†Furthermore, There is no reason that having new channels should produce the¬†phenomenon called¬†“channel panic“. ¬†We should simply be filtering out the channels that are just static. ¬†James Mullan writes in his¬†blog, “…we need to create a new set of rules or governance policy for ourselves in relation to social media“. ¬†I would say it’s not so much that we need a¬†new¬†set of rules is so much as we need to¬†extend¬†our existing rules.

 

Every one of us must learn how to manage their time efficiently and how to prioritize tasks¬†appropriately. ¬†This is a work-in-progress for each of us, and is at least somewhat unique for each of us, as we all have different priorities. The ways in which we manage “Information Overload” as it pertains to social media are really no different than the ways in which we manage “Information Overload” in our “off-line” lives.

My First Post

A link to my About Me page.

My expectations/hopes for EDUC639 are that I will learn how best to best utilize a number of Social Networking tools within the context of an e-learning environment.¬† If I can use this knowledge to better connect and engage with my students (and I’m sure that will be the case), then this course will have been a success!

My personal FERPA statement

I, _William R Boyer__, understand and accept that some of my academic work for the fall 2012 semester will be published on the open web.

I also disclose that the work I will be putting up online is done as a part of the EDUC439/639 class at the University of Delaware. The home page of this open class is located at http://openteaching.ud-css.net/.

Unless content put up can potentially damage my online reputation, I also pledge to leave it online until at least December 21, 2012, the end of the fall semester.

Under those terms, I waive parts of my FERPA-granted rights for the purpose of exploring social media and web 2.0, excluding private conversations with colleagues and course grades.