Aug 14

Learning on a local and global scale

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

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Nov 13

Thoughts while reading Bady (2012) #edcmooc

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

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Feb 07

Digital Natives?

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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

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Feb 07

Week 2 #EDCMOOC

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
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Feb 05

Totally Wired

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

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Jan 31

All in a day’s work: Activities around #edcmooc

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.

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Jan 31

Utopias and Dystopias

#EDCMOOC

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

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