This is the first week of a new MOOC (Massively Open Online Course) on coursera.org, E-learning and Digital Cultures (edcmooc) organised by the team who run the MSc on E-learning and distance education at the University of Edinburgh. So far the experience has been stimulating, exciting and just a little overwhelming. Continue reading
Johnston (2009) explores the metaphors of the Internet. It occurred to me that one reason it seems to abound in metaphor could be the fact that it is perceived as unreal or as a reflection of reality and not a true reality. Continue reading
For now, for me, a Mooc is an add-on, an interest, an opportunity, not a replacement for HE – if I could afford to do a doctorate I would, but I can’t so I’m moocing, because I enjoy study. For some of my students, moocs are a preparation, slightly above what they can understand or cope with, but equivalent in some ways to doing some background reading before going up to University. One student wants to study medicine, so she has enrolled in Mooc courses in physiology and diagnosis. Continue reading
Well, to be fair, it’s not yet a full course, rather a course proposal. Whether it will have the chance to become a real MOOC is unclear yet and depends on your support. But about that later. Continue reading
Hello again edcMOOC bloggers!
Many of us in #edcmooc either blogged throughout the course, or used quad- blogging to connect with other edcMOOCers. Continue reading
I am reading a lot of negative comments about the course on the forum and in some posts. Participants are complaining about “absent teacher”, “no videos and quizzes” and no “formal assessment”.
In week two of e-Learning and Digital cultures mooc.
In this week’s learning:
Watching the videos and reading the articles of the week two of our E-learning and Digital Cultures class, there were three themes that caught my attention:
- The role of technology in changing the way we learn;
- The capabilities and limits of online education;
The hangout discussion at the end of last week had a number of points to make about the oppositions at work in the discourse surrounding the digital world. Prensky’s metaphor of natives v. Continue reading
Students from the future time travel into the 21st century classroom. What would they think of it?
Watching the two commercial visions of the digital future: Day Made of Glass and Productivity Future
- Education is presented as seamlessly integrated with ecology and environmental issues, especially in the Corning film. Socialisation seems to occur effortlessly, as though magically inspired by the technologically advantaged environment – no jockeying for places around the worktable. Continue reading
We have been asked to think of an example of a film in which technology is presented, either with a utopian or dystopian slant.
This week we were tasked with reviewing and classifying a small library of material and asked to build a picture along a few axes. (Dystopia vs. Utopia, Web Native vs. Continue reading
As the #edcmooc discussion moves on to arguments about the degree of technological determinism at play, and whether a sense soft (where technology is one of many mediating factors) or hard (where it is a necessary or primary catalyst) technological determinism creates the conditions for societal change and development.
Also discussed, is the way technological deterministic language is used by historians and whether this has an effect on the perception and recording of subsequent events. Continue reading
Everyone participating in e-learning and digital cultures mooc has been discussing how very excited they are and how interesting they are finding this mooc experience. As I said in my last post, am spending loads of time throughout the day experiencing what edcmooc is all about.
Here are some first thoughts on the videos:
First thought… Moses coming down the mountain with the commandments while people perform rituals. Continue reading
Chandler (2002) implies a highly negative view of technology from the outset by including the Dalek as an icon of the future. The machine is depicted as overcoming any positive human qualities of understanding, justice, compassion etcetera, as it seeks to impose its anti-humanistic control over the world/galaxy/universe. Continue reading