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Opening the Conversation with Educators and Students

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Would academics working toward responsible travel and sustainable practice receive a passing grade for their work?

On our wishlist, we would like to see academics host wikis that can be viewed by the public, document student work and be edited by a core team.

What if ... we created a scorecard of academics working toward ecotourism and responsible travel? Could we begin discussing a code of conduct for students and educators?

How do we maximize the positive impact and minimize the negative impact of academic work?

How do we get those working in parks and protected areas to collaborate in the digital realm?

The objective of this page is to articulate a policy on collaborating with students and faculty around the world. Please read the other wiki pages about education and workshops.

Developing an online conversation

We get a lot of requests for interviews with students. We ask that students have some social web channels already in place so that the conversation can take place along multiple channels, including blogs, Facebook, Flickr and Twitter.

Ron welcomes feedback and questions posted on his blog.

Ron encourages students to tweet questions including the @ronmader in the post.

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Much of the research is fragmented
Much of the research is undocumented and unpublished
Much of the published research is available only in difficult to access books and print journals.
Locals are rarely consulted in a meaningful manner during the articulation of research
Digital natives are using the Web more than ever ... yet traditional classroom delivery ignores the social web channels used by students and locals
Students have long used as a deep resource but few have provided any feedback; educators often use and the web in general as a virtual sandbox in which to send students

Developing a Code of Conduct for Students

To be developed

Conversation Starters

developing collaborative projects
policies on citing unpublished manuscripts
Do locals have a say in how the academic programs are developed?
what are the policies regarding giving presentations at conferences?
examples from oaxaca






rephrasing these questions online



I have always tried to live in an ivory tower, but a tide of shit is beating at its walls, threatening to undermine it.
- Gustave Flaubert, Letter to Ivan Turgenev, cited by Paola Antonelli: Why I brought Pac-Man to MoMA

“Academic Politics Are So Vicious Because the Stakes Are So Small” http://


  • papers from researchers around the world on many subjects (including travel, transport, and responsible travel).Free to download.
  • ResearchGate was built by scientists, for scientists. It started when two researchers discovered first-hand that collaborating with a friend or colleague on the other side of the world was no easy task.

Vampire Disciplines

"These new disciplines are parasitic on existing bodies of knowledge and tend to justify themselves in terms of critique, deconstruction, contextualism, discourse analysis and other approaches that don't add very much to the total sum of knowledge a society or civilisation possesses about itself." - Eduardo de la Fuente in 'Vampires latch on to learning'

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Collaboration with

Educational centers (colleges, universities, polytechnics and research centers) are invited to collaborate with on long-term projects (3 months-3 years).

Among the items on the wishlist is to work with educators to create local guides, highlight sustainable practices and broaden a global dialogue using the Social Web.

What are the ‘little things’ that educators can do to improve the conversation among students and locals?

What can educators do in house (and usually behind the scenes) to create a positive working environment in favor of healthy conversations?

A few ideas for students and teachers

Add a link to from your website or blog.

Take your time to read the ample content on and related forums, wikis, photo galleries and video collections.

Suggest editorial suggestions for a few pages on the main website and continue to make suggestions on a monthly basis.
Interview a participant from one of our e-conferences.Send a private email with the top 5 'things to do' in the place where you live.

Suggest the top 5 eco, tourism, cultural, conservation websites in the state where you live.

Let us know how recycling works in the place where you live.

Students: Inform your professors about and how would like to work with educational centers.

After you conclude your research, post the link to the feature on the wiki facebook group, twitter or other public site.

Freemium Services

Free services include providing access to colleagues on this wiki. Several of our partners are already updating information on a regular basis. Academics also have full access to content-rich archive and have permission to download and distribute a number of our worksheets. Please simply give credit where it's due!

Pay services: Ron Mader can be hired by universities to develop original curriculum or to participate in ongoing research. We can set up cross-border distance education conversations.






3rd annual ICRT Conference
International Centre for Responsible Tourism
Leeds, England
Contacted to provide social web presentation at Belize conference. No follow-up.


University of Applied Sciences in Eberswalde

Contacted to provide social web training. No progress
EcotourismNZ, Tai Poutini Polytechnic
Greymouth, New Zealand
Contacted to provide keynote at 2007 conference. Little follow-up.
Griffith University | Partnerships and collaboration < International Centre for Ecotourism Research < Environment, planning and architecture (20100713)
International Centre for Ecotourism Research
Partnerships and Collaboration
Gold Coast, Australia

Contacted to serve on advisory board. No collaboration.


Josiah Townsend
Travel Geographer





Does your course have a web page? What is your research project, what is your objective? What is the timeline of this work?How can I be of assistance?What social web tools do you want to use for communication?Are you looking for local contacts?Are you looking for recommended reading?Would you like to suggest edits to features on WIIFM – What are you offering me?How would you like to proceed?

what are the best ways to avoid stealth academia
what are the best ways to avoid silo thinking?
is there an inventory of student and faculty work?
can a dissertation be defended online?
What can one charge to give a lecture at a university?


elsewhere on the web

Vampires latch on to learning - The Australian

Examples of documenting student work

Recommended Listening

Tenure: Should it be abolished?


no more stealth academics



- what commitment do academics make to share their work with the communities/destinations they work in? is there shared intellectual property? credit? authorship?

- expanding on the 'code of conduct' notion: what ethical guidelines should be in place and what kind of ethical review/standards should be complied with before working with local communities in far-away places? Doing research with animals requires a major effort on the ethical front, but working with humans (other than in medical research) doesn't seem to require the same kind of rigor.

- what kind of 'insurance' should academics put in place to ensure they take responsibility for unintended consequences of their work (not just accidents)?

- what resources should be available to local communities for assistance in working with academics? is there an independent network of 'research subject' communities who can support one another to help avoid exploitation and ensure a good experience for the community? Are there NGOs or others who can facilitate this?

- do students and academics go through an introspective learning process before undertaking their projects so they understand more about their own motivations, their desired outcomes, how their work is likely to be received, and the effects they are likely to have on the communities they work with? Are these questions ever raised in a meaningful way before the work begins? Are these questions included in evaluations after the project is completed? Are the locals asked for their perspective?

- are educators also working on similar kinds of projects in their own local communities (i.e., at 'home'), and do they understand the needs and issues in their own region? How are these local commitments (or their lack) indicative of the kind of commitments they are likely to make to a community that is far away? What is the basis for trust that communities can rely on, beyond the name of the university and the money the programme might bring?

You can probably tell from the gist of these questions that I've seen the dignity and integrity of the communities get overlooked or not valued highly enough, at least in the projects I've been exposed to.

I'd propose that the academics list all the various communities around the world that they and their students have worked in and with over the past decade. We then reach out to those communities to learn what criteria they would use to evaluate their experience working with the academics. We could then use that with other communities who have not (yet) been engaged by/with academics and refine/revise accordingly. From that, the first draft of a scorecard can be constructed and piloted, and improved annually thereafter.

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Felicitaciones por tu trabajo tan duro. Inspiras en maneras tan maravillosas. ¿Es tu tesis en línea? Congratulations on your hard work. You inspire in such wonderful ways. Is your thesis online?