PLN Post

     1.) What did your research tell you about how people share ideas in your fields?

     The research that I have done in my field shows that many people in my field share their content in places such as soundcloud or music libraries. The ideas and trends about my field though, are shared in places like twitter and thru Ascap’s frequent Ascap brief email. Both mediums aren’t afraid to show trends (many posts go along with marketing said trend). But the ideas are more so within the music itself along with posts talking about what they’ve done.   

     2.) What tools will best allow you to learn about new ideas in your fields?

     Ascap brief as well as twitter would best allow me to learn about new ideas in my field. Ascap brief gives more a professional voice, while twitter can express the thoughts from everyday people within the field.    

     3.) What tools will best allow you to connect with scholars and professionals in your fields?

     Email, after finding them through sources like music libraries or twitter. A big way to get gigs will be to email directors or people looking for music on music libraries.    

     4.) What tools will best allow you to share your own knowledge, experiences, and ideas with other people in your fields?

     Soundcloud and twitter would be best for sharing my knowledge and experiences with other people in my field. Soundcloud will give me the ability to show my product, while twitter will let me share any ideas, thoughts, or events that I’ve got going on. Twitter would be used more of an updater and marketing piece.  

     5.) How public do you want to be? Why?

     Very public when it comes to marketing on media like twitter, but partly public when it comes to showcasing my content. Very public on Twitter because I’d use it for things like marketing, but with my content I want it to be original and unseen for the customers that want it.  

     6.) How will you engage at least once a week with your Personal Learning Network?

    • Following 1-10 new academic and professional (“acaprof”) accounts per day
    • A minimum of 1 simple retweet a day
    • A minimum of 1 quoted retweet a day
    • A minimum of 1 reply a day
    • A minimum of 1 acaprof tweet of your own per day
    • 1-10 favorites per day
    • Active use of the #IDSSem hashtag (#PlymouthIDS, too)
    • Active use of your relevant acaprof hashtags
    • Use of helpful apps (Twitter for mobile; Tweetdeck; etc)
  • 5 days a week (minimum) of this tweeting. 10 minutes a day or so.

     7.) How will you know if your PLN is serving you well or not?

     I will know if my PLN is serving me well is if I ultimately do it. Posting and retweeting will get my name out there. I mean, a true success would be if I get messages and constructive responses to any of my content. (Twitter Handle @Kandersander)  

Interview with Professor Rik Pfenninger, Plymouth State University

Kyle Anderson, Plymouth State University Student


When starting out at Plymouth State University, I knew exactly what I wanted to study. Music Technology. The program offered at PSU for music technology focused on some different components than what I intended for, but it was ultimately what I wanted. Rik Pfenninger became my advisor and professor for many of my classes, and has led me on the path for success in this field. He has shown me the things you can do with the aid of a music technology degree, and helped me define the concentration within this field that I want to focus on. Professor Pfenninger is in the music department, and teaches classes for music technology, saxophone, woodwinds, jazz, but also many general education classes.

Professor Pfenninger got his masters at the University of Michigan, and did a DMA (doctor of musical arts) at Temple University. Outside the university Professor Pfenninger does live performances, is a multimedia composer, and even teaches privately. His music has been featured on a long list of commercials and projects, and even has his own website showcasing music he has composed <>. At the moment Professor Pfenninger is actually composing for a musical company in Tampa Bay, but more often than not is talking to multiple clients at a time.

Professor Pfenninger says that “most of what I do is interdisciplinary, because I’m performing, I’m working with vocalists, I’m working with instrumentals, I’m working with filmmakers” and so on. He goes on to saying that one of the biggest challenges with these many collaborations is that “a lot of them don’t know anything about music”. So basically, “it’s them communicating to me what they want, and me trying to figure it out. If somebody says they want a sad-sad feeling here, for this part of the film, we have to figure out it is what you’re talking about, everything in minor? Specific instrumentation?” As relevant and applicable these other forms of art are to music technology, Professor Pfenninger also says that getting acquainted to another field would be very resourceful down the road.  

If Professor Pfenninger has tried to recommend us to take anything alongside the music technology major, it would definitely be “business and anything in computer science”. He goes on to say that he encourages us to take “a network class if you can, web design” and even classes like marketing in the business realm.

When I heard I had to interview someone for the major I am trying to create, it was obvious in my mind who I was going to pick. Professor Pfenninger has helped me discover exactly what I want to do from being his advisee, and has helped me out with accomplishing that across the way. A quote that resonated from my interview with Professor Pfenninger is “because when you go out and do this, you’re your own business person.” Taking advantage of the interdisciplinary studies field offered here will guide me that much better for what I want to do.       

Dr. Pfenninger playing Saxophone (photo by Peter Finger)

9/5 Eport Post On Readings

  • In your post, explore how these articles work together to set a scaffold for your IDS education. What do you like about these readings? How do they make you think differently about how you will learn and how you will work this semester? Use quotes from each article to add specificity to your thoughts. Log the URL for this post (not your ePort and not your wp-admin editing page, but the post itself!) in our course spreadsheet.
  • Many of the readings talked about using online media and domains, and I enjoyed how relevant it was. I am going to have to make a website and post, and these are all issues that are ones I’ll probably have to face and think about. Many of the readings touched upon issues that were controversial in a way, making me think about both sides of the arguments. Should I just post whatever I feel? Or should I worry about how my stuff will be monitored by the many bills that are in effect. There are supposedly “some 170 bills proposed so far this year that would regulate it” (Watters). Could my creativity lead to my posts being too radical or “inappropriate”? I will definitely be thinking of both sides to any online decision, regarding the repercussions and appropriation. I also appreciated the article/thought “Do I own my domain if you grade it?”, because it leads me to think that the instructions defer creativity, by binding the focus of the post itself (Rikard). I am even going to leave the instructions in this post to see if its presence resonates. Not as a protest, but rather as a plaint example of that article. Not eh other hand though, the order itself of having to complete the assignment itself puts many feet in the doorway that probably wouldn’t be there without it. Limiting yes, but at the same time its assuring that something will be done. In a school setting, if you feel like the work that has been assigned isn’t rooted from your curiosity and creativity, why even post it? Cheney sums up these assignments perfectly, by saying  that “For me to give credit to my students’ work, I need them to be public with me, but that does not mean they need to be public to the world”. A certain way to get students to create what they imagine, and not feel railed the whole way is to do something like give them their own web server. Start them early, as Campbell was saying in his article “A Personal Cyberinfrastructure”, “as part of the first-year orientation, each student would pick a domain name” and then they would continue that throughout their college experience.