Nov 26

#edcmooc Codifying human beings

Why don’t we consider the course recommended tool for creating comics?

Studies of the last century has brought us closer to codifying human behavior than we’ve ever been, don’t you think?
It struck me when I was trying out the Pixton comic creator. Continue reading
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Nov 26

Responsibility, distraction and brainpower #edcmooc

I am a great fan of Nicholas Carr’s work, and I love his writing style, but I don’t agree with him on two main counts: 1), that the internet is responsible for a decreasing ability to focus, and 2) that “losing” some skills is inherently bad.

Tackling the second one first, it very much depends what we replace those skills with. Continue reading

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Nov 26

#edcmooc"All in all there’s a ‘smart-board’ on the Wall"

We don’t need no pen and paper…
“All in all there’s a ‘smart-board’ on the Wall”
Thinking about teaching and new technologies takes me back in time to my school days and brings memories of one of my geography teachers, who knew every page, in fact, every comma and every full stop of our prescribed geography book by heart. I remember following what she was saying from the top of her head, in the book I had in my hands. Continue reading
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Nov 26

Complex Attitudes Toward Technology #EDCMOOC

I’ve been thinking a lot this week about my students’ attitudes about technology. They are firmly within the Millennial/Digital Native demographic, born during the 1990’s, and very attached to their devices, particularly their smart phones. Our class begins at 7:45am, and when I come to unlock the door, nearly all of them are looking at their phones. Continue reading

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Nov 26

Assimilated by the Borg?? No just humanizing technology….whew! #edcmooc

In week 3 I was convinced that I’ve been assimilated by the Borg.  I, of course, totally get that reference as my age allows me to reach deep into my past to remember my favorite humanization of technology.  The problem is that while I so very much appreciate the advances that technology allows us, I am old enough to hear myself starting to sound like my grandparents and the sentences almost always start with “Back in my day…… Continue reading

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Nov 26

Week 3 – Reasserting the Human #edcmooc

Week three of EDCMOOC was all about “Reasserting the Human”. 

The films, as ever, were thought provoking, particularly one that showed a man designing a world from scratch in just an hour. When time ran out, the world ‘came to life’ and a woman started to explore it, watched lovingly by the man – but without any contact between them. Continue reading

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Nov 26

challenges – MOOC

The pushing and stretching of the EDCMOOC. Other’s post have such a creative view of the class and are able to use technology to create their art. I am still old school and attempting to get up to speed with all of the technology to be able to communicate my ideas. Continue reading

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Nov 26

Week 4 Reflection ‘#edcmooc’

Film 1: Robbie


If he has a human brain (he became self-aware in 2032) I guess he’s human in terms of rationality, feelings etc. Like 2001: A Space Odyssey, it makes a ‘machine’ seem ‘human’.
Sad & dystopian. Continue reading

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Nov 26

#edcmooc BEING HUMAN- REASSERTING THE HUMAN

                                                                      WEEK   3
                 #edcmooc   BEING HUMAN
                   REASSERTING THE HUMAN
Interesting videos: human beings  are different  from machines and  robots  and they share the features of  belonging to a special group, they have  feelings. They love, they suffer, they are afraid and  are not like a machine. I feel that technology is a tool, it can  facilitate the life of men but at the same time  it is not  the only part of the life of a man. Continue reading

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Nov 26

From Being Robotic To Being Human #edcmooc

Read This At Your Own Risk ! Do you ever feel that you are being controlled by external forces and go through life almost mechanically… working with robotic precision on tasks at hand, without being able to spare much thought on what you are doing ? Two extremely hectic, whirlwind weeks during which I felt […]

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Nov 25

Being Human – Week 3 #EDCMOOC

What is a human and what makes us human? – Well I’m just going to go with the biological definition and stick to “member of the race Homo Sapiens” – wikipedia has an excellent page on Human, well worth a look even if you’re not currently doubting your own existence, uniqueness or sameness to other creatures. I particularly like the description of symbolic communication and what thereby follows:

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Nov 25

Humanistic Education & the human element #EDCMOOC

I watched Steve Fuller’s talk and read the article on “Humanistic Education” and I was genuinely surprised and confused! They were talking about a kind of thinking about education, that I had never heard of. Having studied philosophy, worked with learning for years and being in teaching and learning #edtech since 2008 I was puzzled…

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Nov 25

Determinism, metaphors … what else? #edcmooc

What other lenses can we use to analize particular kind of vision which is presented, suggested or implied by the author ot the text, video etc.? What tools can help us to be more aware readers or recipients of information? How can we protect ourselves from manipulation or false objectivity wich can influence our own objectivity…

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Nov 23

Dystopian View of Robotics in the Matrix Movies #edcmooc

The Matrix trilogy offers a clear dystopian perspective on technology. What’s interesting about these films is that they focus this perspective on an ever-growing aspect of technology: robotics.

There are several recent instances in the news about “autonomous” robots. Continue reading

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Nov 23

Are We Human, Or Are We Dancers? #edcmooc

Humanity-2.0I’m not quite on my knees looking for the answer, but the second (and final) block of study on the E-Learning and Popular Culture MOOC kicked off this week with a challenging look at what it is to be ‘human’, how that definition has shifted throughout the ages, the ways in which it is perceived to be under threat from the advance of technology, and the implications for the future of education. To listen, as we have done, to Professor Steve Fuller’s wonderfully erudite and idiosyncratic take on the history of ‘being human’ and to reflect on whether the ‘humanist project’ as it is described is still worth pursuing, click on this Tedx Warwick lecture from 2009. Believe me, you will be a better person for it. Continue reading

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Nov 22

Questioning what it means to be human… Why now? #edcmooc

 

what does it mean to be human?

In his Ted talk in Warwick, Professor Fuller suggests that we are re-examining what it means to be human in the wake of our failure to increase equality in the world, to enhance quality of life to what we have determined are “basic” human levels (health care, education, comfortable living conditions…). Continue reading

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Nov 22

Technology Vs The Human Touch #edcmooc

This article was originally posted by me on 12 Aug 2012 on my personal blog from a customer service perspective – a representation of how technology is reducing the human interaction in business transactions. I am sharing it here once again as it is still relevant from the perspective of being human. I received a […]

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Nov 22

Getting “Realistic” #edcmooc

“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”  – Albert Einstein In this video, Toyota would have us believe that we live in an unrealistic world – so immersed in our technology-driven surroundings that we do not even experience the thrill of being alive. Everything around us is surreal – a life so […]

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Nov 22

Find Your Way To Real #edcmooc

After having spent almost three weeks in EDCMOOC and trying to stay afloat amid loads and loads of information, blog posts, tweets and what have you, I was wondering about the Week 3 photo contest. My first reaction was to not participate, as I am not particularly great with photo-editing software. AND I have been […]

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Nov 22

Heart To Heart ? My Technology Does It Better ! #edcmooc

This video would have one believe that a computer-to-computer interaction is impersonal, while a phone call is much more “human”. To some extent, I would agree with that, but then the question that arises is – aren’t the two protagonists still separated by distance, and the only thing that has changed between them is the […]

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Nov 22

Interesting Statistics for #edcmooc Round 3 #edcmoocrocks

Curiosity killed the cat, but as far as the EDCMOOC is concerned, it need not kill you. So if you have, like me, been curious to know the statistics related to the E-Learning & Digital Cultures Course, the wait is over. Thanks to the instructors, we are now able to share them with you. Continue reading

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Nov 22

"World Builder": Irreality bites #edcmooc

We are coming to the end of third week of #edcmooc. As in previous weeks, six short films to watch, all focused in close relationship between humanism and technology. One of them really stands out: “World Builder”, an amazing and beautiful story, technically outstanding and visually stunning. Continue reading

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Nov 21

Reflections on Block One #EDCMOOC

If their objective in Block One was to impress upon me the prevalence in popular culture of utopian and dystopian perspectives on e-learning and digital culture and  the ways in which metaphor sustains and shapes these perspectives, the EDCMOOC teaching staff has succeeded. However, I gather that their intentions are probably more cMOOC than xMOOC. The ways I am shaped by my interactions with the content and my interactions with other participants are all, from the connectivist perspective, valuable in and of themselves, regardless of how closely my perspectives on e-learning and digital culture match those of the teaching staff. Continue reading

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Nov 21

A little aside…Unstoppable Learning

While this is not directly related to the eLearning and Digital Cultures MOOC, I found it very interesting and could definitely see parallels to some of the themes of the MOOC, especially during the parts of the show talking to Sugata Mitra and his vision of a “School in the Cloud”…

So this week during some long drives to and from field work (at the beach, just thought I’d point that out :) ) I indulged in my new favorite thing: listening to the TED Radio Hour from NPR. So many interesting things, it’s hard to know where to start. Continue reading

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Nov 20

Dahlberg: non-reductionist methodology

Against a background of an explosion of research into ICT, impacts on society and individual etc [a little scathing perhaps… mentions ‘intoxicated’ with the information society] Dahlberg takes a stand against views of ICT which are one-dimensional.

These are 3 categoriesof 1-D approaches:

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Nov 20

Popular cultures at #edcmooc

In the words of Popeye “I Yam What I Yam”. I’m not sure why there is the determination to define ourselves because no amount of debate is going to change what we are. Perhaps it’s the need to establish ourselves as some sort of superior being and I’m not sure that we are. Continue reading
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Nov 20

The classroom of the future – Reflections of week 2 #EDCMOOC

A day made of glass 2 and Bridging our future (below) both gave utopian visions of how technology could shape day to day life and more significantly for me as an educator, the classroom of the future. In many ways the visions show little change, with many day to day objects and devices such as the alarm clock, the car and the tablet, still featuring and playing their current role but a little ‘shinier’.

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Nov 19

#edcmooc Utopias vs Dysopias

The course videos just created more questions and some thoughts for a start. Let me share them:

Do we lose some ‘natural’ mechanisms with the advancement of technology?

I feel not, but I’ve got no clue on how to develop on this question… Continue reading

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Nov 19

#edcmooc The web, the net and the eWorld.

“Metaphor’s meanings and entailments vary by culture”

Having said that, the topic discussed by the article should probably be taken up by the English-speaking cultures only.
For example in polish the word ‘web’ is not used at all to talk about the Internet. The whole discourse on this kind of metaphor doesn’t even make sense then. Continue reading

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Nov 19

Holiday time #edcmooc

I was away on holiday last week, which is relevant for two reasons. Firstly, it explains why I’m late posting any comment on the Week 2 material. Secondly, for big chunks of the week, I had no internet connection. Continue reading

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Nov 19

Balfour and Stewart through Johnston’s filter #edcmooc

I read three articles this week, here is my rather limited reflection on them:

Johnston, R (2009) Salvation or destruction: metaphors of the internet. First Monday, 14(4).

In the article above Johnston discusses the use of metaphor when describing the Internet, based on a study of editorials. Continue reading

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Nov 18

Future of Technology #edcmooc

Future of Technology #edcmooc

In week 2 I made a bold decision….I decided I was concerned about the advertising of technology as “utopian”.  While I had no replies or feedback regarding my post last week (which discouraged me from posting additionally in the discussions) I DID decide that the videos we watched left me with a strong position of “indecision”. Continue reading

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Nov 18

#edcmooc – It’s not the technology, it’s me!

Reflecting on the first two weeks of EDCMOOC, we have seen many views of technology – broadly split into idealistic/utopian or fearful/dystopian views of the impact technology might have on our lives.  In too many of these views however, the user is shown as a follower – either as a happy and fulfilled user, mindlessly following a tech-led path or as a helpless victim, exploited by the negative controls imposed through technology.  Even in Week 3, which is about being human within a digital culture, there are still follower elements – “…in the debate about the implications of digital.. Continue reading

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Nov 18

The Future, in 4 short films #edcmooc

I watched 4 short films, which portray future technology from different perspectives. I will try to make sense of all these through the tutors questions and my own impressions.The films were:

Film 1: A day made of glass 2
Film 2: Bridging our future
Film 3: A digital tomorrow
Film 4: Sight

Film 1 and 2 were adverts by Corning and Intel respectively, showing how there products would seamlessly fit into our future lives, particularly into education. Continue reading

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Nov 18

Bendito Machine – dystopia, with an almost happy ending #edcmooc

A really thought-provoking film. The dystopian view that technology is not neutral and that its all-seeing, all-documenting (loved the touch of the eyes spilling out at the end) personality leads to control is very disturbing. Combined with the impression that we get hooked on the fun, to the extent that we don’t notice when the fun becomes sinister, made me want to throw my ever-so-necessary computer away immediately. Continue reading

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Nov 18

#edcmooc w2: Looking to the Future

I grew up fascinated about the future and science fiction. Cannot really recall the number of sci-fi and fantasy stories that drew pictures of all kinds of possible scenarios of future from utopian worlds of equality, friendship, and comradely to dystopian worlds of abused relationships and connections

Sometimes it feels like we live in the world of self-fulfilled prophesy – sooner or later all these worlds described by Verne, Asimov, Vonnegut, Lem and many others become reality. Continue reading

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Nov 17

My culture #edcmooc

Education is the tool that permits that people be creative and it also facilitates many research processes. It seems that students could learn easier and seem to have a perfect connection with the knowledge world and their professors. They are motivated and this facilitates teaching and learning process in all ways. Continue reading

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Nov 17

Geek joke

Hello hello

I just wanted to share with you this joke that the third movie from week 2 made me think about. You know how at the end of the movie A Digital tomorrow, the guy, Gerardo, is in the bathroom. Continue reading

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Nov 17

Technological determinism and online education – Week 1 #edcmooc

Thinking about technology and its impact on our world is complex and there are many possible perspectives you can have. Reading Daniel Chandler’s essay on technological determinism you get an overview of different ways of looking at both technology itself and society. The question driving the discussion is how much technology decides social change. Continue reading

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Nov 17

#EDCMOOC w2: Visions of education

In the near future children will think of nothing but their learning from they wake up, dying to get to school until they hand in their homework and fall asleep. Teachers are essentially large (sideways) scroll wheels with an audiotrack. Learning is achieved by sitting attentively and listening – or, when it gets really interactive, holding up a piece of glass. Continue reading

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Nov 17

Week 2 – Looking to the future part II – The distopian view #edcmooc

The second set of videos in this week’s lesson are a much more distopian view of technology in the future.  A Digital Tomorrow shows that we still have all the glitches and malfunctions of today’s technology; however since it is much more integrated into their lives, it is seen as a bigger headache.

 Sight just plain scares me. Continue reading

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Nov 16

"Sight": A gamified life? #edcmooc

It’s already 2nd week of EDCMOOC, generically titled “Looking to the Future”. We’ve been watching a few audiovisual pieces about technological evolution and a close near future, and I’ve been really struck by “Sight”, a short futuristic film, related to “Black Mirror”, british TV series that were mentioned in my last post.

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Nov 16

A Digital Tomorrow – Technology that says ‘No’ #EDCMOOC

So it’s the second week of my EDCMOOC, I started yesterday as I have been busy but again it’s been a interesting couple of days with some thought provoking videos.

The video that caused much of the provoking was ‘A Digital Tomorrow’. It shows a quite minimalist living environment with not much in the home, but we have the homeowner lying on the bed staring into space. Continue reading

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Nov 16

MOOC method

After reading the articles about Perspective on education, I think that massive e-learning methods are very usefully for know another point of view , is difficult to organize the information, but it makes a really learning comunity, where each one gets the informations that needs and the limit is what every ones wants to know. In works happens the same the
company is very big so each one can find their workforce development, just need orientation and support. #edcmooc. Continue reading
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Nov 16

#edcmooc LOOKING TO THE FUTURE

                                                     WEEK 2

                      

#edcmooc  

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

I am a bit late so  I am  just  watching the  videos which  the University professors have chosen for this  week.
Education will change, technology and new devices will help students to learn and work both at school and at home. We have seen these interesting videos which make me  understand that this future  has just  begun somewhere but  in other parts of the world we still have the old  blackboard and pens and pencils:

and also  OUR  LIFE IS GOING TO CHANGE   


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Nov 16

#edcmooc INTO THE FUTURE- TEACHING AND LEARNING IN A DIGITALIZED WORLD

#edcmooc      Teaching and  Learning in a new world (1)


The future has  begun : more and more  schools, universities have  courses on line, more  teachers and professors are uploading their materials on line, more and more  have a web-site and a blog.  The world is connected and we  try to be in touch with our  students and teachers all over the world.We can  decide  how, when and what  to study on line. Continue reading
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Nov 16

A Stranger Goes Out Of His Way To Help ! #edcmooc

A few days ago, I had added the blog feeds of several participants to the UNOFFICIAL Blog feed on edcmooc.rocks, and was pretty happy with the results, considering the fact that I am not a techie, and happily went about tweeting it to the world. However, the tweet below from a fellow EDCMOOCer brought me…Read more A Stranger Goes Out Of His Way To Help ! Continue reading

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Nov 14

Looking to the future (week 2): ideas and interpretations #edcmooc

After looking into how some utopian and dystopian visions portray the future of learning technology in this post, we now look into how metaphors represent the relationships between humans and technology, some probable scenarios, and how they would impact the future. We will then talk further on their relation to the future of education in the next post.

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Nov 14

Week Two. MOOCs And Metaphors #edcmooc

future citiesThis week on the MOOC we are being asked to look at and consider utopian and dystopian visions of the future through a different lens – the ways in which metaphor influences and shapes our views of technology, and specifically the world wide web. The course materials take the same format as before: a selection of short films (in this case two adverts for future educational technology products and two fictional representations of a technology and communications-enhanced world in which the ‘Internet of Things‘ becomes increasingly pervasive and digital communication is ubiquitous), core reading materials and extended reading on the present and future roles of MOOCs in education. Participants, of whom there are now apparently something in the region of 8,000, are encouraged to respond to a number of reflective questions on their personal blogs, via Twitter, and on the online discussion forums. Continue reading

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Nov 13

Utopia Vs Dystopia #EDCMOOC

Some interesting video stimuli for week 1. Firmly within the dystopia camp, The Bendito Machine III suggested the idolisation and worship of technology, likening machines to tribal gods with a good spray of death amongst the wonder. However the reign of the machines was limited, only to be discarded every time a more impressive ‘ruler’ came along; echoing the throw away attitudes of our society with the once gods now permanent residents of the land fill junk yard. Continue reading

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Nov 13

Resistance is futile. Or is it? #edcmooc #edcmoocrocks

It’s Week Two of EDCMOOC and we’ve been asked to think about future visions of technology and education, exploring how utopian and dystopian stories are shaping our understanding of what is happening in the sphere of e-learning. We’ve also been asked to focus on the underlying, and in many cases, explicit, ‘metaphors’ that are used when talking about the impact of e-learning on traditional education, on human beings, and on society, looking again for examples of technological determinism and the like. There’s so much to unpack here that I’m not sure where to start, but here’s my take:

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Nov 13

Tech-savvy future educators needed? #edcmooc

In my post Looking to the Future: Popular Cultures, I ended the commentary by questioning the work scope of educators as presented by the utopian visions of Corning and Intel.

A recap on the question – the two utopian visions show how a classroom teacher work seamlessly with digital technology in interacting with students, would educators then (in this future utopia) ideally need to be somewhat tech-savvy and master the art of digital pedagogy? Continue reading

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Nov 13

Block 1, Week 1: E-Learning and Digital Cultures | #edcmooc | THURSDAY

In sociology and philosophy, agency is the capacity of an agent (a person or other entity), to act in a world. The short film, Thursday, depicts two people and a bird family with hugely varying ways of acting and interacting with the world. The mother bird is shown flying free in the beginning of the […]

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Nov 13

What would Freire make of MOOCS?

Reading the two “perspectives on education” papers as part of #EDCMOOC this week, I am very struck by the distinction between a cMOOC (with the emphasis on collaborative learning), and the xMOOC – the large-scale institutional model that allows for “delivery” of content to huge groups of people: Quote from http://jolt.merlot.org/vol9no2/stewart_bonnie_0613. Continue reading

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Nov 13

Should I learn to stop worrying and love the bot?

I enrolled in e-Learning and Digital Cultures MOOC to find out more about the subject, but also to test the waters of what it might be like to pursue on online degree. A question popped up when I logged into Coursera, asking me if I intended to actively participate in the course or just observe—I said I would just observe, but after looking into the materials for the first week of the course, I realized that I would not really learn about this online experience unless I got actively involved.

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Nov 13

#EDCMOOC Week 2: Film 2 – Bridging our Future

I am trying to figure out what the difference between Corning ad Intel’s techno-utopian ads is, but I can’t so far. Once again, promotion of the metaphor of salvation emerges thanks to the use of the bridge as a symbol of connection, accessibility and transformation. Thus we get to see more happy faces, good-looking professionals and more sterile lives carried out in sterile places. Continue reading

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Nov 13

More Student Reactions to the #EDCMOOC

As I mentioned in a response to a comment from Jeremy on my last post, I teaching two sections of the course that I am embedding the EDCMOOC into. I commented on the first section on Monday: students seemed a little fearful of venturing too far into the MOOC, commenting on YouTube, but not doing much else. However, the second section was much more adventurous. Continue reading

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Nov 12

#EDCMOOC Week 2: Film 1 – A Day Made of Glass 2

The problem of promotion of technology exclusively as a positive metaphor can  already be experienced in the present: there is a tendency to embrace technology in schools founded on the assumption of effectiveness of technology for learning and not on objective results. From a superficial perspective, if this trend continues in the future we could face a problematic situation of displacement of already effective learning tools and strategies.

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