Feb 28

Levels of Scaffolding

The first blog post I wrote as an EDCMOOC student shared the scaffolding I put in place around myself as a learner in order to avoid dropping out of the course. I am happy to report that I stayed engaged the whole time and am ready for more MOOC’ing! Last week, Peter Taylor, left the following comment on my scaffolding post:

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Feb 21

E-learning and Digital Cultures, Week 3: Reasserting the Human #edcmooc

Week 3 of the MOOC E-Learning + Digital Cultures explores the theme of “Reasserting the Human”.

In the videos I’ve seen so far in Week 3, the idea of humanity is brought to the foreground primarily by the absurd or hyper-extended context in which each story is framed. Continue reading

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Feb 21

E-learning & Digital Cultures: How big is #edcmooc? Some Stats…

EDCMOOC statistics

These usage statistics were provided by faculty from Edinburgh University, who are running the E-Learning + Digital Cultures MOOC on Coursera:

  • Total Registered Participants: 42874
  • Active Participants Over the Last 7 Days (“Active” is define as any contact with the EDCMOOC Coursera course site): ~ 17%
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Feb 11

Week 2: Review

Struggled with writing every thing on-line, as I’m evidently addicted to my hand written notebook. However, I thought I would use the blog to review my progress so far. So far in the MOOC I’ve been challenged to think about the different lenses that I can apply to my understanding of digital cultures and e-learning. Continue reading

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Feb 11

Our digital futures and the problem with metaphor

This post is a response to readings assigned in week 2 of the E-Learning and Digital Cultures MOOC (EDCMOOC). This week’s readings deal with technological metaphors and the ways in which they restrict our understanding of technology. Here, in my usual rambling way, I attempt to make connections between metaphor, analogy, and internet technology. Continue reading

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Feb 11

The Long Hello – Meditating on #edcmooc, Gardner Campbell, and eLearning

The MOOC I’m taking, E-Learning + Digital Cultures, continues to unfold in front of me, gradually showing me new perspectives and more detail. But it’s not for the impatient…

For me, being in a MOOC has felt like being seated inside  a vast, unlit stadium where you can hear other attendees whispering and you can see their messages on the walls, but otherwise, they remain invisible. Continue reading

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Feb 10

The #EDCMOOC Conveyer Belt and Other Massive Metaphors

I participated in the #edcmooc week 2 Twitter chat yesterday. It felt like watching a conveyer belt that never stopped moving, a metaphor shared by @stevemac121 in response to the following question:

Q4: How would you characterize your experience in the MOOC thus far: is it a class, a network, or would you describe it otherwise? Continue reading

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Feb 08

Free on-line tools

I keep thinking of how I am going to present my final artefact for #edcmooc. Sadly, I’m not a very savvy person. So Ive started to gather some information on different on-line tools available on the Net. Continue reading

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Feb 05

#EDCMOOC – Week 1 Scaffolding to Avoid Dropping Out

I’ve dropped out of a MOOC before, so when I started participating in a MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) called E-learning and Digital Cultures last week I wanted to set myself up for success. To do this I reflected on the way that I learn and the reasons why I never participated in the MOOC about MOOCs in Fall of 2011 despite my initial enthusiasm. I didn’t really commit to it the first time around. Continue reading

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Feb 01

First Week

I’m properly starting the edcmooc today and need to become more literate at how I use twitter and blogs. Still don’t like the look and layout of my blog, but can waste hours on this!

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Feb 01

MOOC – Massive Leap for Online Courses

#edcmooc MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) is a big wave of opportunities for the people on the wrong side of geographical and financial divide. All that is needed now is a device to get connected to the internet and a reasonable command of the English language to grab a flavor of that dream education! One rather questionable aspect of MOOC is the establishment of control and creation of synthetic symmetry in human society. Continue reading

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Feb 01

Thoughts on Bendito Machine III

Block 1 Week 1: Utopias and Dystopias

This animated film tells the story of technological development in terms of ritual and worship – the characters in the film treat each new technology as god-like, appearing from the sky and causing the immediate substitution of the technology before it. Continue reading

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