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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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 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 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 09

Change comes hard – hmmm…

“So will the colleges and universities refusing to go online be able to save themselves? Yes, as long as these colleges realize the trend toward online learning has too much momentum to be stopped, and they work quickly to put original courses, worthy of their coveted brand names, on the web.”

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Nov 09

There is no spoon….#edcmooc

This week’s topic in #edcmooc is about utopia or distopia created by technology.  We were to watch a series of short videos on technology taking over the world, connecting people or allowing a distopia of disconnect.  Movies that come to mind when thinking of this topic include the most recent Hunger Games and Divergent series. Continue reading
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Nov 06

New Media

If this film from the #EDCMOOC wiki wasn’t called “New Media” I would not have made the link between it and the effect of technology on humanity – I would, instead, have made a “War of the Worlds” link and assumed it was about the dominance of one civilisation over another. If the film really is about technology, then it’s a very dark picture indeed, and not one I want to contemplate. Continue reading

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Nov 05

Documentary titled All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace…

Documentary titled All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace has been a side viewing to my readings and viewings on the #edcmooc course.

Very much enjoyed the conciseness of this video and the notion of a small power minority in society protect themselves, at the cost of the majority, while experimenting and believing in the computer as a way to balance economies. Continue reading

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Nov 04

#edcmooc – Early thoughts

My experience in studying elearning has been interesting but non-productive to date.  Having failed to introduce ICT and elearning successfully while volunteering at a school in Tanzania, my ambition has been to find out how to succeed.  However, most of my study so far has focused on Higher Education rather than schools or required a level of teaching experience which I don’t have. Continue reading

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Nov 04

And so to MOOC

One of the things I’m most looking forward to as I take part in the #EDCMOOC is reading other people’s blog posts and getting to know who there is out there who is writing interesting and intelligent posts about elearning.  As for me – this is a bit of an empty blog so far – set up solely for the purpose of participation – so nothing interesting or intelligent from me yet!

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Nov 04

At first glance this film is very appealing – the relationship that builds up between the two main…

At first glance this film is very appealing – the relationship that builds up between the two main characters is very cute, and it all seems to end very well.  At the same time, however, I felt quite disturbed by the “magic” red bags – it felt too easy for the connection to happen, and I thought it was interesting that the very first exchange was of something very personal and intimate in both cases. Continue reading

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Mar 16

Pulling things together post edcmooc

Young man looking at panoramic table showing the distance in kilometres to Vancouver, Canada

Well, it is now a couple of weeks since edcmooc finished and I feel sort of empty – there is a hole in my life!  Even though I have had plenty to fill the space it has left; during edcmooc we were also building up to saying farewell to our eldest as he starts on a new chapter of his life in Canada. Continue reading

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Feb 26

#edcmooc Digital Artefact

I think I am nearly there….! Ideas still keep popping into my head and distracting me so I am struggling to stay focussed on just a couple of themes. I am fascinated by the whole idea of humanity, our place in the world and the increasingly dominating place of technology. Continue reading

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Feb 24

#edcmooc Avatar Days; reflecting on Digital Identity

One of the questions that was asked in an edcmchat was that of our digital identity and how it might differ from our real world identity.  The responses were varied; many people said that their digital identity and their real identities were the same, probably just as many said they kept the two separate.

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Feb 23

What it is to be human; part 2 #edcmooc

I found Gumdrop altogether different from Robbie; where Robbie had some depth and integrity I found Gumdrop shallow and flighty. Perhaps it was her character, her role as an actress that made me think that? Maybe it was her voice that was so human that it was difficult to reconcile with being a robot when Robbie sounded as I expected a robot to sound? Continue reading

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Feb 15

#edcmooc They’re made out of meat

Coils of bright pink sludge being squeezed out into a box

Before I watched this film and had just seen the title a horrible image that has been doing the rounds on Facebook recently, dominated my thoughts; meat slurry is apparently the whole content of a chicken, or other animal crushed down to a sludge and it is reportedly what is used in chicken nuggets and other fast food.

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Feb 14

#edcmooc Maintaining Momentum

remnants of old railway lines in a hatch formation

Connections

Nearly the end of Week 3, it has been a full-on week at work and I am struggling to marshall my thoughts.  I have managed to snatch ten minutes here and there to watch the videos for this week and scan the readings at a very superficial level. Continue reading

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Feb 10

Metaphorically #edcmooc

I have been reading “Metaphors of the Internet; salvation or destruction” and several thoughts came to mind. I am a linguist and I am constantly amazed at the evolution of language. Even in the few decades that I have been consciously aware of language development, vocabulary has changed. Continue reading

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Feb 05

#edcmooc Sleek and white – a utopian vision of the future

I just watched the first two videos for Week 2 and am struck by the sterility of the environments that are portrayed. Where is the reality of a world of busy people rushing her there and everywhere, living, playing, eating, making a mess for heaven’s sake?!  Is the message somehow that the arrival of these amazing products will make our lives serene, stressfree, and successful? Continue reading

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Feb 03

#edcmooc experimenting…

Somebody suggested checkthis.com as another tool that could be used for creating a digital artefact so I thought I’d try it out.  I made it after watching the first two shorts and it only took me a few minutes so it is not greatly deep and meaningful – just a snapshot of soundbites really. Continue reading

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Feb 03

#edcmooc #edcmchat

Laptop computer on a table in a garden. There are roses from the garden in a vase to the right of the computer. It is a sunny day.I just took part in my first Twitter chat. An hour – well, not quite because I missed the start which was a bad move as I was behind before I even started – of fast paced tweeting with so many interesting threads and comments. However, time went fast and it was over before I knew it. Continue reading

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