A Sustainable Culture: John Slatin’s Ludic Pedagogy

It is a bittersweet privilege to provide the introduction to this issue of Currents, which is a tribute to John Slatin. Although we are still struggling with his loss, the remarkable work of his former students gathered here is a testament to his living legacy. It is a tribute that would have meant the most to him. He was a consummate teacher, who delighted in the successes of his students, and I know he would have been so deeply touched to know that they remember him with such gratitude. I will not repeat here what I have said in other places about John’s contributions to our field, and his innovations in computers and writing. I will say that our conversations and his example always supported and inspired me in my teaching. The outpouring of responses from his students when we offered the invitation to contribute to this issue was another reminder of the love and affection expressed by so many people throughout John’s illness and passing. The range of these pieces gives some sense of the scope and diversity of John’s scholarly and pedagogical interests and influence. In keeping with John’s love of experimentation, creativity, imagination, and exploration, the projects here are rich and diverse.

… John’s playfulness and spirit of adventure are at the heart of the MOO/webtext of Albert Rouzie and Ray Watkins: “A Sustainable Culture: John Slatin’s Ludic Pedagogy.” Their conversation ranged across diverse topics in just the way that Slatin celebrated, including Hypertext, MOOs, Interchange, authority, play, persuasion, New Media, cultural capital, progressive education, blogs, digital technology, slow reading, Open Source, cloud computing, and Twitter…

John Slatin’s Legacy, Peg Syverson

This has been out for a few weeks and I should have posted it here earlier… Anyway, now’s a good time because I’ve been traveling all week and I don’t have much time…

About Ray Watkins

I was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital. I grew up in Houston, as a part of what we only half-jokingly call the Cajun Diaspora. At a certain point during the Regan administration, I had to leave, so I served in the Peace Corps, Philippines, from 1987-89. I didn't want to return to the United States just yet, so I moved to Paris, France, where I lived for three years or so. I then moved back to Austin, Texas, where I had received my Masters Degree, and (eventually) began a Ph.D., which I completed in 1999. I spent a year at Temple University and then accepted a position at Eastern Illinois University where I worked until May of 2006. I now work exclusively on line (although that may change) for Johns Hopkins, the Art Institute Online, and Smarthinking.com. I can be reached most easily via email: raywatkins [that 'at' symbol] writinginthewild.com

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