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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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

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 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

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 09

Access for all? Technology and impoverished countries #edcmooc

I have a deep love of Africa, and I have lived in Africa for 9 years (2 years in Niger, 2 years in Gabon, and 5 years in Burkina Faso). I see technology as being a fantastic opportunity to improve the financial and political situations of millions of people. Most of Africa skipped over land line phones and went straight to cell phones. Continue reading

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Nov 07

A Late Start, But Here I Am #edcmooc #edcmoocrocks

Ok.. so I missed the official start date of 3rd November as I was travelling, but as they say, better late than never, so here I am, getting ready to roll with the EDCMOOC. This is my second time here – the first time was as a participant, and this time round, as a CTA…Read more A Late Start, But Here I Am #edcmooc #edcmoocrocks

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Nov 07

Discovering Your Ignorance #EDCMOOC #EDCMOOCROCKS

This post was published by me here, earlier this morning The more we learn, the more we discover about the extent of our ignorance.  This is an undeniable fact. Till the time one does not try something new, one has no idea how much he /she does NOT know about it, and yes, it is…Read more Discovering Your Ignorance #EDCMOOC #EDCMOOCROCKS

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Nov 06

Utopian vs Dystopian – Two Sides Of The Same Coin #edcmooc

Originally posted on The MOOCs Explorer:
After having watched all the four suggested videos posted under Popular Cultures, I am still trying to analyze my thoughts on the Utopian as well as Dystopian views on technology, as depicted in the videos. Being a lover of computers as well as technology, my approach to technology has…

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Nov 04

Return To The (Flipped) Classroom #edcmooc

Today sees the start of my E-Learning and Digital Cultures Mooc and I’m really looking forward to the adventure. The topic for Block One is an exploration of ‘Utopias and Dystopias’ – more of that later – but this morning I have been watching some introductory video clips about the course and about the nature of Moocs themselves, which is one of my main motivations for enrolling on the course, to explore what the future of ‘formal’ education looks like, and whether it has  a future at all! The concept of the ‘flipped classroom’ is one which I have discussed before on the blog (see Flipping Socrates), so my curiosity was aroused again by this Ted talk from Anant Agarwal of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the growth of online courses. Continue reading

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Nov 03

Let the mooc begin!

I’m hoping to immerse myself in the learning these next few weeks – not quite sure what to expect yet, but I hope to connect with people and find out some relevant info that will help with my job and help me to see things in a new way. #edcmooc

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Mar 21

Reading: Digital Vertigo #digitalvertigo

Digital VertigoWith the eBook edition of this book set at £0.00 I couldn’t resist seeing what the fuss is about – this book has received good and bad reviews. But, more importantly, it’s made people question our interest and reliance on online tools and websites and networks and activities. Continue reading

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Mar 06

MOOC, what’s in a name?

MOOCAfter spending considerable time and effort on MOOCs in the past the  Coursera / University of Edinburgh eLearning and Digital Culture MOOC (#edcmooc) was the first have been able to complete.

How I did this was quite simple … I knew I’d fade out after a week or so so I set a goal of one blog entry per week’s activity, including a pre-MOOC post and post-MOOC ‘submission feedback’ post. Continue reading

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Mar 04

eLearning and Digital Cultures: my vicarious learning highlights #edcmooc

In order to balance things up from my last EDCMOOC post, I had intended to write something relating to post humanism, but I’m still coming to terms with the concept and with the fundamental changes that its related values of transhumanism will wreak, not just upon society and the planet, but upon the minds and bodies of human beings themselves. So, seeing as I’ve been running a week behind and the course comes to a close tomorrow, I’ve decided to forgo any attempt at putting my thoughts down about “redfining the human” and the implications for education of such a paradigm shift, instead, I’m going to take a look back over what, for me, have been the highlights.

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Mar 04

Bye bye #edcmooc

So #edcmooc is now over, our digital artefacts have been submitted and reviewed and we all now move on.

I thought it would be useful to reflect on the final submission and peer review process as I have questioned how that would actually work in a couple of earlier posts. Continue reading

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Feb 28

#edcmooc – Final assignment

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After four weeks of very exciting readings and rewarding discussions over at the E-learning & Digital Media course, one of the many classes that Coursera offers, we have reached the (dreaded? Yes, a bit) final stage of the course, meaning the moment when we’re supposed to share our final assignment. Continue reading

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Feb 25

Alone and together, thoughts on #edcmooc week 4

Week 4 of #edcmooc is drawing to a close and I find myself in a similar position to last week re articulation.  We are again grappling with what it means to be human but the readings and resources have pointed us in the direction of post humanism.  I think I may have made a small break through in that I have a suspicion that the course team are just teasing us and actually want us to sign up for the MSc so we have the space to reflect and write in proper “academese” about all of this :-)

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Feb 22

#edcmooc Week 4 Redefining the human

Popular culture

Film 1: Robbie  Although it would seem that Robbie regarded himself as pretty much human, and expressed many of the emotions we would usually equate with humanity, I think it was clear that the humans did not view him as such.  It seemed a little like when your big brother lets you tag along but you are not really part of the gang. Continue reading

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Feb 21

When technology becomes our best friend #EDCMOOC

In the previous “Being Human” session, technology has made a lot of terrible impact for human life which losing the essence of being human. However, we must realize that technology is unavoidable future which would penetrate our life experience in the coming year. Therefore, we should begin be ready to make a choice whether technology be our friend or our enemy in the future. Continue reading

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Feb 19

Reflection on the ‘eLearning and Digital Cultures’ MOOC, Wk.4 #edcmooc

EDCMOOCWeek four and we are so nearly at the end of the five week Coursera / University of Edinburgh MOOC: ‘eLearning and Digital Cultures’. From ‘being human’ (last week) to ‘redefining the human’ we will be introduced to the perspective that the “notion that the human’ is a social category which is made, not a biological or philosophical matter-of-fact”, apparently!

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Feb 18

The Truth of Being Human: Equality, Freedom, and Autonomy #edcmooc

Breaking out the boundaries, bringing out people from the ‘same tradition’, reaching the unlimited life are wild dreams of lots of people. As modern human, we try to do everything to innovate and try something new to improve the quality of life to maximum level. With the help of new technology,everything seems possible to achieve. Continue reading

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Feb 15

Reflection on the ‘eLearning and Digital Cultures’ MOOC, Wk.3 #edcmooc

EDCMOOCWeek three and into ‘block 2′ of the five week Coursera / University of Edinburgh MOOC: ‘eLearning and Digital Cultures’. Are we leaving the bliss of utopia behind, or will be building on the fear of a controlling and dystopian ‘master’ as we become ‘human’?

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Feb 11

The Future of Education .. from Isaac Asimov, 1988 #edcmooc

This video, a conversation between Bill Moyers and Isaac Asimov in 1988, just goes to show how some people can have the ability to think outside the box of current convention and get it so right. In the 25 years since Asimov’s words here so much has changed, and how his imagination has been so right.

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Feb 10

eLearning and Digital Cultures: consolidating learning and blowing my mind with “objects that blog” #edcmooc

Where on earth do I begin with my reflection on the first topic of the eLearning and Digital Cultures MOOC?  It’s been so rich in both content and connections that it’s hard to soak it all in and to articulate all that it’s provoked. Incidentally, the first topic, of two, uses the binary lens of utopias and dystopias to explore how thinking in either of these ways has contributed to how we think about online education today and how it shapes our visions of the future. Continue reading

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Feb 10

Ghosts in the machine? #edcmooc

Following on from last week’s post on the #edcmooc, the course itself has turned to explore the notion of MOOCs in the context of utopian/dystopian views of technology and education. The questions I raised in the post are still running through my mind. However they were at a much more holistic than personal level. Continue reading

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Feb 10

#edcmooc Week2 Part 3 Perspectives on Education

This week’s perspectives centred on MOOCs and open education and the seemingly fierce debate this digital revolution has prompted.  I had not thought much about this prior to enrolling in the course, beyond “what a neat idea”, but have certainly been bombarded since.  I was surprised at the debate as it had not previously occurred to me that free and open education could be anything but good and the arguments that I have encountered have broadened my thinking on this topic. Continue reading

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Feb 07

Reflection on the ‘eLearning and Digital Cultures’ MOOC, Wk.2 #edcmooc

EDCMOOCOn to the second of the five weeks Coursera / University of Edinburgh MOOC: ‘eLearning and Digital Cultures’. This week is centred around looking to the future, the “future-focused visions of technology and education” whilst building on the previous utopian/dystopian ‘discourse’.

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Feb 01

#edcmooc Week 1 Reflections

I have enjoyed the first week of this course but I have found some parts challenging.  Maybe that shouldn’t be a ‘but’ as one of my objectives here was to get out of my comfort zone.  The films were entertaining and somewhat thought provoking and I liked the pace of the readings. Continue reading

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