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 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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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 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 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 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 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 18

Bendito Machine – dystopia, with an almost happy ending #edcmooc

A really thought-provoking film. The dystopian view that technology is not neutral and that its all-seeing, all-documenting (loved the touch of the eyes spilling out at the end) personality leads to control is very disturbing. Combined with the impression that we get hooked on the fun, to the extent that we don’t notice when the fun becomes sinister, made me want to throw my ever-so-necessary computer away immediately. Continue reading

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Nov 18

#edcmooc w2: Looking to the Future

I grew up fascinated about the future and science fiction. Cannot really recall the number of sci-fi and fantasy stories that drew pictures of all kinds of possible scenarios of future from utopian worlds of equality, friendship, and comradely to dystopian worlds of abused relationships and connections

Sometimes it feels like we live in the world of self-fulfilled prophesy – sooner or later all these worlds described by Verne, Asimov, Vonnegut, Lem and many others become reality. Continue reading

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Nov 17

Geek joke

Hello hello

I just wanted to share with you this joke that the third movie from week 2 made me think about. You know how at the end of the movie A Digital tomorrow, the guy, Gerardo, is in the bathroom. Continue reading

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Nov 17

#EDCMOOC w2: Visions of education

In the near future children will think of nothing but their learning from they wake up, dying to get to school until they hand in their homework and fall asleep. Teachers are essentially large (sideways) scroll wheels with an audiotrack. Learning is achieved by sitting attentively and listening – or, when it gets really interactive, holding up a piece of glass. Continue reading

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Nov 13

Should I learn to stop worrying and love the bot?

I enrolled in e-Learning and Digital Cultures MOOC to find out more about the subject, but also to test the waters of what it might be like to pursue on online degree. A question popped up when I logged into Coursera, asking me if I intended to actively participate in the course or just observe—I said I would just observe, but after looking into the materials for the first week of the course, I realized that I would not really learn about this online experience unless I got actively involved.

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Nov 11

Can the rise of online learning in universities reveal what awaits secondary schools? #edcmooc

It is not often that a fifteen year old article addressing future technological impacts is as prescient as David Noble’s 1998 article “Digital diploma mills: The automation of higher education.” It presents a clear example of why we need to approach and implement digital “solutions” with our eyes wide open to costs as well as benefits.

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Feb 19

Human enough #edcmooc

It is with glee that the proponents of e-learning trumpet the results of studies such as the US Department of Education’s Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning: A Meta-Analysis and Review of Online Learning Studies, which found that, on average, online instruction is as effective as classroom instruction.

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Feb 18

Pinching my digital networked learning self

large_2932097858This week’s topic in #edcmooc is “reasserting the human” – a look at various responses to the apparent threat to humanity posed by the ever-increasing presence (intrusion?) of technology. It’s an interesting setup; forcing a debate on what, in fact, does it mean to be human? Continue reading

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Feb 07

I think I’ve become an #edcmooc dropout

But on the bright side, I’ve submitted the draft budget for next financial year, sat in on two weeks of day -long IT system workshops, launched a Space Invaders-style video game on Facebook, spent a month as a fill-in coach for a novice rowing squad, conducted three mid-year reviews and completed one week of #edcmooc.  Chinese New Year next week, let’s see if I can catch up…

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Feb 05

‘Where are’ vs. ‘who are’ the professors. Thoughts on Google Hangouts and #edcmooc

I am catching up on some of the readings and work associated with E-Learning and Digital Cultures and just viewed the recorded version of the end-of-the-week Google Hangout (below) hosted by the organizers of this Coursera course. I wanted to take a moment to comment on my experience – and my aha’s about Hangouts as part of MOOC design. (Thoughts on course content to come in another post). Continue reading

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