Dec 09

#edcmooc Film 3: True Skin

This rather dystopian film raises many questions of what kind of memories would be stored and how they would be used. Facts, images and data in binary code such as we store now? Or could it store feelings, reflexions, attitudes and other more abstract features? Continue reading

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Dec 09

The Role of the Teacher in a Blended MOOC #EDCMOOC

As I am wrapping up my experience with the EDC MOOC, and considering how it will affect the way I approach blended MOOCs in the future (and I do intend to try this again), I have been thinking about the role that the teacher plays in such a course. It’s been a question that I have been considering since before the EDC MOOC even began.

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Dec 08

#EDCMOOC: Distributed Flips and Blended MOOCs

It’s been a couple of weeks since I posted (Thanksgiving holiday and end-of-semester craziness), but I’ve been thinking a lot about comments made during the Week 3 Google Hangout about Blended MOOCs and Distributed Flips. I am calling my experiment a Blended MOOC; Jen referred to work by Mike Caufield and Amy Collier with their term, “Distributed Flip.” They are similar terms — using all or part of a MOOC (or other online resources, since DF is a  broader practice involving resources in addition to MOOCs) in an onground or face-to-face class. Continue reading

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Dec 04

#edcmooc | Afirmar lo “humano”

La conversación que nos han propuesto a propósito de las culturas digitales y el aprendizaje en red ha llegado a un momento clave: considerar con cuidado los supuestos acerca del “ser humano”, de la humanidad, presentes en los discursos y prácticas alrededor de los fenómenos y prácticas mediadas por tecnologías e internet.

La provocación inicial: los videos

Los shortfilms que nos presentan, aluden a utopías y distopías y a transformaciones de la experiencia humana y por lo tanto el “buen vivir”:

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Dec 04

#edcmooc | Redefinir “lo humano”

Una mirada futurista, otras más actuales, son las invitaciones de la semana 4 del #edcmooc. Primero, con un acercamiento al posthumanismo crítico. Aprovecho para traer una idea que se vuelve a repetir en el artículo de esta semana: el humanismo con su ideal de lo que significa ser hombre y su componente liberal, ha implicado la negación de otras maneras de ser humano y no ha terminado por conducir a ese ideal de justicia y equidad. Continue reading

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Dec 04

#edcmooc: Stephen Hawking on AI (Artificial Intelligence)

Stephen Hawking warns artificial intelligence could end mankind

When a man with a wonderful mind and innovative spirit, who was leading the adoption of any possible innovation of his times, echoes concerns over Artificial Intelligence that have been raised numerous times in a number of great sci-fi fictions, that gives me chills.

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Dec 04

Digital artefact – Samantha Clarke #edcmooc

Link to the “lesson”: Sam’s TED-Ed lesson – “Cloudy Times Ahead…the Future of Education in a Digital World”

Like Amani, I  too am determined to complete this MOOC…and my digital artefact is also rather hastily put together. I used TED-Ed lessons, which allow you to create a lesson around any You Tube video you like – also very easy and fun to use! Continue reading

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Dec 04

#EDCMOOC Will we need teachers in the future

My digital object is a recording based on pictures of things I drew on paper and moved around :)

I have been thinking about the teacher’s role in the future of education during this course, so here are some thoughts on that.
(I may make a prettier more stop-motion-y version later on, if anyone would want to see that? Continue reading

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Dec 04

Defining Human Week 4 #edcmooc

Last week we focused on what it was to be human.  After watching the videos and really thinking (way harder than I had thought I might) about it I came up with the decision that advertising, commercials, marketing, medicine, etc will always give us the utopian version of technology.  That’s their job. Continue reading

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Dec 04

(An Unnecessary) Digital Tomorrow #edcmooc

It is amazing how much technology has advanced in the last couple of decades.  However, as depicted in the video, A Digital Tomorrow, it will probably continue to have limitations in the future.  In the video, the car did not immediately recognize the woman’s eyes, and she had to put on makeup in order to start it. Continue reading
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Dec 02

Facilitating #edcmooc

Elearning and Digital Cultures, EDCMOOC, is taking place for the third time. And I am there, participating again. I was very pleased when Christine Sinclair sent me an email and asked if I could act as a Community Teaching Assistant, CTA, this time. Continue reading

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Dec 02

Education at the heart of humanity – #edcmooc

In the modern age people have put a lot of energy into enhancement of themselves as humans. Merely existing is not enough and has not been enough for quite a while. Every day of our lives many of spend endless amounts of energy trying perfect ourselves by buying better clothes, nicer things, going to exotic places, exercising our bodies, changing our bodies through plastic surgery… Continue reading

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Dec 02

The Educational Challenge in the Post-human Situation #edcmooc

Preface: The following post beside to a number of other media complements are packed together to form a digital artifact as the final assignment for the EDC (E-learning and Digital Cultures) MOOC powered by Coursera platform and presented by a talented team of scholars from the University of Edinburgh. a

Primary interrupt: You may neglect this interrupt and read just the second sequence of the package I have provided here and therefore, all of a sudden, fall into the argument of post-humanism. Continue reading

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Dec 02

Digital Artefact #edcmooc Classroom of Tomorrow

Below is the culmination of the E-Learning and Digital Cultures MOOC course #edcmooc Digital Artefact.  Please excuse the “free trial” watermark on the GoAnimate video.  I choose to focus on the utopian/distopian concept of technology in the classroom and the point that no matter how advanced our technology becomes, it still relies on basic electricity and connectivity which can go down at the most inopportune times. Continue reading
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Dec 02

Assessing The Past, Predicting The Future #edcmooc

Flying MachinesThis is the final week of the E-Learning and Digital Cultures MOOC, so it is a time to look back and to look forward. What have I learned over the past five weeks, not only about the topic, but about the nature of the MOOC itself, and are MOOCs the way forward for education, or simply the latest fad? First, the reflection. Continue reading

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Dec 01

E-Learning and Digital Cultures #edcmooc – Week 1

Week 1 of #edcmooc is about looking to the past to see how technological advances are viewed from both utopian and dystopian perspectives. 
Two quotes state my takeaways from the video resources presented this week:
“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”
 Arthur C. Continue reading
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Dec 01

E-Learning and Digital Cultures #edcmooc – Week 2

Week 2 of #edcmooc is about looking to the future.

Below is a word cloud I created to answer the question: “what is the nature of communication in these future worlds?”

From the readings I was most drawn to the metaphors and how they are used in discussing the future of digital cultures:

“The primary (or conceptual) metaphors that were used repeatedly in the editorials were those of physical space, physical speed, destruction, and salvation. Continue reading

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Dec 01

#edcmooc w5: Artifact

This slideshow is an artifact created in partial fulfillment of the final assignment for MOOC course: “E-Learning and Digital Cultures”. To reflect on theories and concepts covered in the first 4 weeks of the course I have used photo-images and quotes that are related to the vision of education, future, and humanity. The quotes and images are grouped to provoke Utopian and Dystopian perspectives. Continue reading

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Dec 01

#edcmooc REDIFINING THE HUMAN

                          
                                 WEEK 4
                              Redifining the Human
Once more I am  late for writing my blog  this week  and  I have just finished   watching  the  final activities before the course  ends.  However, I have my ideas about the different conditions of   human and non-human creatures. 
HUMAN  BEINGS  ARE  DIFFERENT. Continue reading

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Nov 29

#edcmooc | Recomienza(o) la aventura de participar

A principios de este mes de noviembre, dio inicio la tercera “emisión” del MOOC: “E-learning and Digital Cultures”, de la Universidad de Edinburgo (aquí encontrarán una entrada con datos del MOOC en su tercera ronda). Estoy en la vuelta a participar y estaré compartiendo aquí las reflexiones como un registro, como un proceso… de huella acerca de este curso que me parece especialmente potente por la perspectiva analítica propuesta, acerca de las culturas digitales, el aprendizaje y la educación: pasado, presente y futuro, visiones utópicas y distópicas, miedos y metáforas… y más pistas que estaremos siguiendo.

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Nov 29

#edcmooc | Mirar al futuro

En la semana 2 del #EDCMOOC nos propusieron considerar las metáforas como elemento de análisis de prácticas, discursos y sentimientos respecto de la red, las herramientas y nuestras actividades mediadas por estos artefactos.

¿Qué ideas respecto al futuro imagino, si considero este fenómeno creciente de apropiación tecnológica? Continue reading

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Nov 29

Me trying to understand Herbrechter #edcmooc


This post is me trying to get my head around the different terms used by Herbrechter in his interview (see link above). I realize I’m over simplifying; Philosophy is not my strong subject.

To understand the term “Critical Post Humanism”, I need to know how Humanism is defined; it seems to be the belief that human dignity, interests and values are of primary importance. Continue reading
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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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