Oh my, as you know Mary, I am relatively
new to Moodle, but I can find my way around a LMs like a shit-house rat! And some!
Oh dear-what a selling point for Moodle
when you say:
It has been my experience of training
Moodlers: if anyone is going to come in claiming they are IT "Special
needs" it's the women, and if anyone is going to come in claiming they
"know a fair bit about Moodle" (only to prove themselves dangerously
lacking, later) it is the men.
Some thoughts-with the caveat -you may think I am wrong-fair
Is it not more constructive to use
positive language about any gender's needs when they are learning-trying to engage
with Moodle/ICT in the public domain? Or at least provide a measured response?
1. In spreading negative language about
women-over the net and during presentations this does not, as far as I can
understand validate the next point,
2. does not qualify you to do the same
thing about men-here-based on your experience -fair enough but that is not
everyone's way of seeing Moodle/Men and
quite frankly-I find it all a bit off-putting, to be honest.
The reason these two items are tricky
for me to grasp and therefore agree with, is because I am missing the point as
to why? Is such language used to
describe one's experiences in order to highlight a special needs deficit among
Moodlers who are women, and quid pro quo....Moodlers who are men having ego
issues? So, just to highlight those
points based on your experiences Mary-is the purpose-that is it-right?
I mean don't women have ego issues Mary?
Or, is it that you identify these things
in your practice in order to address such issues-provide a plan to alleviate a
a)women claiming they are IT
b) and 'the' men who (as you state)
claim to "know a fair bit about Moodle" (only to prove themselves
dangerously lacking, later).
If it is about alleviating a problem identified
in your practice- I am fascinated to know how you work with such issues to improve
the situation you identify-really I am.
Now, while it is challenging to measure
a critical/negative attitude, given the self-serving bias that makes people
want to see themselves as good and upstanding, research surrounding the use of
negative language to describe others' abilities can stem from feeling inadequate
in an area of life they value highly (Meyers, 2013). Meyers spent years in clinical practice
collecting case-studies about how females represent others in their public speeches/ public announcements. And, while things are looking good for Hillary C in
2016....Meyers concluded that in the main, if women feel that they must work
hard to secure whatever social power they can then this can sometimes take
forms of exclusionary practices with other women, in the first instance. The solution as Hillary C marks down as page
1 in her world is to support all women and men in their endeavours via
communication, language, thought and empathy. I think Ada Lovelace-a forward
thinking woman of her time, like Hillary C and others....might agree today if she were alive-certainly
with an identification of a humanist way of seeing.
Just some thoughts from a relatively
new moodler J