Hi @GoogleGuacamole. I'm an active, I don't know, thinker, but I'm not much interested in doing research on online open learning, though, of course, I'm potentially interested in reading research about same.
As for "transformation of teaching," that's tricky. I'm an independent scholar and at this point I have no particular desire to get a faculty job. My long range goal is to set up an institute for the human sciences. I have no idea about the organizational form of that institute, etc. It's just a direction, but I'm thinking it will be mostly a virtual organization.
The thing about being an independent scholar is that at least I'm free to think the thoughts I deem important, which would not be the case if I were on the faculty at just about any college or university I know of. It's not that I'd be censored, but simply that I would be under pressure to conform to existing lines of work and, from my POV, those are pretty much played out, at least in the areas that interest me. There's no longer any "there" there.
One of the things that interests me is graffiti, by which I don't mean writing on walls generally. I mean the type of writing that started in Philadelphia and New York City in the late 1960s and early 1970s and has since spread around the world. While there's now a fair amount of non-scholarly writing on graffiti – coffee table books, histories, guides of various sorts, and other stuff – there's little formal scholarship being done. I want to change that.
I want to change that. And one nice thing about graffiti culture, aside from the fact that it's all over the web, is that for the most part it exists outside existing institution. Much graffiti, after all, is vandalism. This marginal status is perfect for my purposes.
I also have a long-standing interest in literature and, more recently, in film, animation in particular. Those areas, of course, have quite a bit of formal academic work, though not so much for animation. In particular, I think we need much better descriptive work concerning texts and films – which I discuss in the posts I linked to above. The sort of work that needs to be done doesn't require a Ph. D. in anything. All it requires are a love of and an interest in (some aspect of) literature and film, some examples to follow, and a willingness to do the work, which is picky, detailed oriented, and time-consuming.
As you may know, the web is full of fan sites devoted to pop culture materials of all sorts. The Wikipedia is stuffed with articles on pop culture most of which, I assume, are done by fans (I have some experience with articles on manga, anime, and some TV programs, and various other titles). There's a site called TV Tropes that's a goldmine of this that and the other. For that matter, the animation webosphere is extraordinarly rich, including fan blogs, of course, but also blogs and sites by professional animators and historians (Mike Barrier for example).
If the fans who do this work would take their game up a notch, so to speak, they could produce the kind of work I think needs to be done. To be sure, they're working on mostly pop culture, not the canonical texts studied in the academy (which does also have some interest in pop culture). But that's OK because I think that work is well-worth close study – you have no idea how many hours I've logged working on Gojira, the 1954 Japanese film that started the Godzilla franchise operation (this working paper ends with an example of the kind of descriptive work that needs to be done).
So, how do I get people interested in doing this work? That's my problem. It's learning and it's research. For various reasons I intend to start with graffiti by setting up an online Academy of the Wall. Once I've got that up and running smoothly (two years, three years, five?) I'll think about adding description of texts and films into the mix. When I've got that going, I'll have my institute for the human sciences up and running.
Of course, I have no intention of doing this all by my lonesome. I've got some co-conspirators, including some pretty interesting card-carrying academics.
So that's what I'm up to. I've got a direction and some ideas. What actually happens will depended on who and what shows up and what we can figure out.