As I am wrapping up my experience with the EDC MOOC, and considering how it will affect the way I approach blended MOOCs in the future (and I do intend to try this again), I have been thinking about the role that the teacher plays in such a course. It’s been a question that I have been considering since before the EDC MOOC even began.
It’s been a couple of weeks since I posted (Thanksgiving holiday and end-of-semester craziness), but I’ve been thinking a lot about comments made during the Week 3 Google Hangout about Blended MOOCs and Distributed Flips. I am calling my experiment a Blended MOOC; Jen referred to work by Mike Caufield and Amy Collier with their term, “Distributed Flip.” They are similar terms — using all or part of a MOOC (or other online resources, since DF is a broader practice involving resources in addition to MOOCs) in an onground or face-to-face class. Continue reading
Much has been said about Utopia and Dystopia over the past few weeks. I stand on the utopic side, I’m an optimistic guy, so here you are my Utopia:
I’ve been thinking a lot this week about my students’ attitudes about technology. They are firmly within the Millennial/Digital Native demographic, born during the 1990’s, and very attached to their devices, particularly their smart phones. Our class begins at 7:45am, and when I come to unlock the door, nearly all of them are looking at their phones. Continue reading
Week 3 of EDCMOOC suggested many interesting resources which have raised in me a series of questions about MOOCs, for example:
- Is the current digital dominance over humans reinforced by digital education?
We are coming to the end of third week of #edcmooc. As in previous weeks, six short films to watch, all focused in close relationship between humanism and technology. One of them really stands out: “World Builder”, an amazing and beautiful story, technically outstanding and visually stunning. Continue reading
Quick reminder: I’m using the EDC MOOC as part of a longer, onground college class. I have been writing about how my students are responding to the MOOC.
It’s already 2nd week of EDCMOOC, generically titled “Looking to the Future”. We’ve been watching a few audiovisual pieces about technological evolution and a close near future, and I’ve been really struck by “Sight”, a short futuristic film, related to “Black Mirror”, british TV series that were mentioned in my last post.
I am trying to figure out what the difference between Corning ad Intel’s techno-utopian ads is, but I can’t so far. Once again, promotion of the metaphor of salvation emerges thanks to the use of the bridge as a symbol of connection, accessibility and transformation. Thus we get to see more happy faces, good-looking professionals and more sterile lives carried out in sterile places. Continue reading
As I mentioned in a response to a comment from Jeremy on my last post, I teaching two sections of the course that I am embedding the EDCMOOC into. I commented on the first section on Monday: students seemed a little fearful of venturing too far into the MOOC, commenting on YouTube, but not doing much else. However, the second section was much more adventurous. Continue reading
The problem of promotion of technology exclusively as a positive metaphor can already be experienced in the present: there is a tendency to embrace technology in schools founded on the assumption of effectiveness of technology for learning and not on objective results. From a superficial perspective, if this trend continues in the future we could face a problematic situation of displacement of already effective learning tools and strategies.
As I discussed in my last post, I am teaching a blended or hybrid MOOC, where I use the #EDCMOOC as material for an onground course on Writing for the Web. Because the onground course requires a discussion of values, the MOOC topics fit well, and build on issues that we have been discussing all semester in the class.
Are you interested in e-learning?
Do you believe that e-learning will sooner or later replace or at least constitute some part of learning and teaching? Continue reading
온라인으로 무료 강의를 들을 수 있는 coursera.. 영어 강좌에 노출되어야 할 팔요성을 느껴서 하나 골랐다. 제목은 E-learning and Digital Cultures. Continue reading
What message is the film presenting about technology? Technology is all-encompassing. A bird alarm clock wakes the male character up and is his main means of communication with his love interest is via messaging. Continue reading
What is this film suggesting are the ecological and social implications of an obsession or fixation on technology? Technology becomes the centre of everyone’s attention. None of the characters interact with each other. Continue reading
Depending on how you interpret the relationship between the two main characters, and the ending, you might argue that this is a utopian account, or a dystopian one – what do you think, and why? For me it seems to be a mixture of both. The red bag, which represents a new technology, enables a…
I’m finally getting around to posting my first thoughts on what’s happening in the #EDCMOOC.
I have a particular take on this MOOC, and while I hope to comment here about the course material, I am just as likely to comment on how I am using it with my own students. Continue reading
Last Monday I started out the course, “E-Learning and Digital Cultures”, an interesting Mooc from Edinburgh University, that explores the connections between education, learning and digital cultures.
One of the main topics of this first week focuses on the Utopic/Distopic visions on technological progress. Continue reading
Well, coming to the end of the first week in the University of Edinburgh’s E-learning and Digital Cultures MOOC (EDCMOOC) and, having gone through the resources for Week 1, I have been given a fair amount of info to reflect on. Chandler’s web essay on Technological Determinism had my head in a spin, as did…
A very short, very grim representation of the effects of technology on humanity. There are definite visual echoes of ‘Bendito Machine III’ here – what similarities and differences can you identify between the two films? The similarity between this short clip and Bendito Machine is that humanity has become passive. Continue reading
After last week’s focus on how computers seem to be becoming more and more human, we considered efforts to remodel the human in Week 4 of #edcmooc. It is true that in recent years we are hearing about more and more bionic parts that can be added to the human body, either as enhancements or as replacements for worn-out parts. Continue reading
For the final assessment task in the “E-Learning and Digital Cultures” MOOC (#etmooc) we were asked to, in the form of a digital artifact/artefact
“express a question, an idea, a problem, a hope, a worry or a provocation that the course has raised for you. Consider how you can express something of your own context as an educator, student and/or technologist. Continue reading
I am not sure that MOOCs humanize the online learning experience. Continue reading
This moving and thought provoking movie sees a robot (named Robbie) given self-awareness after an upgrade humans provided him but is abandoned by them to float in space four thousands of years. I wonder if the humans who provided Robbie with his self-awareness and social skills gave a second thought about how he would cope when he out-‘lived’ his creators and friends. Robbie goes through his days emulating humans by working, socialising and participating in religion. Continue reading
Well here I am at week four of #EDCMOOC. We have been taken on a futurist journey of posthumanism and transhumanism. To say this is not what I expected is a bit of an understatement (not that this is necessarily a bad thing). Continue reading
This is truly a telo advert but they have an excellent point! It is clear that humans are designed to socialise and communicate in a face to face manner – even a phone call isn’t quite that for two loving adults. We can cope with online chat & messaging, a real time conversation (either via voice or video call) is better than a text chat but there is nothing like being in the same room with the ability to feel the other person. Continue reading
Since we’ve been exploring the future of education / ed reform in #edcmooc, I thought I’d share something my IB Theory of Knowledge students participated in last semester, as we examined the Nature of Knowledge / Learning, and the History of “Schooling”.
Throughout the semester we watched several TEd talks and other videos by great people like Sir Ken Robinson, Will Richardson, Michael Wesch, Clay Shirky, and Stephen Fry. Continue reading
When thinking of what it means to be “human”, I keep coming back to the 2002 Christian (love him!) Bale film “Equilibrium”, a dystopian look at the future where emotions are suppressed with drugs, and anything emotive (art, music, literature,etc.) is destroyed. Continue reading
The other day I was driving in terrible traffic with my 8 year old daughter and I blurted out :
“Stupid car! Move it! Continue reading
In Week 2 we are thinking about the future of our technology-driven world. As I started thinking about metaphors, I realized that I had used one in my post for Week 1 #edcmooc. In 1995, a tiny cohort of adventurers at a small college saw technology (and the Internet in particular) as a train that was gaining speed as it moved out of the station. Continue reading
I’m already a week behind in my readings/engagement for the University of Edinburgh’s E-learning and Digital Cultures Coursera course but who’s counting weeks? My study group is. Since I moved into the Library, I’ve been pleased as punch to be involved in lots of really interesting conversations about education, instruction, pedagogy, engagement, and user feedback. Continue reading
For week one of #edcmooc, I participated in our study group to watch the videos together and read two of the proposed readings (Hand and Sandywell and Chandler). I found the E-topia article to be engaging but it was so dense in academic speechifying that I almost gave up on it. I used to read articles like this all the time for my degree in anthropology (especially in studying identity theory and transnational communities) but I’ve grown soft over the years. Continue reading
In week two of E-learning and Digital cultures we move from the past towards the future.
In this week’s learning material we are presented with two videos that are advertising for two well-known companies: Corning Incorporated and Microsoft. Continue reading
In the lead up and organisation of WCELfest I’ve not managed to find a lot of time for the EDCMOOC course – mainly (I think) because each time I look at the coursera pages and my email feeds from the Google+ group I feel overwhelmed so close the browser
I’m now at the point where I’ve viewed the first week’s films and posted about Thursday (note to self: keep looking out the window at my ‘amazing view’!!) and have downloaded the course reading.
I am so glad that I prepared for eLearning and Digital Cultures by visiting the Wayback Machine and putting together a timeline of my history as an educator using the Web! I had just been hired as adjunct instructor of a physics lab when the Web arrived on campus. After my first glimpse of Netscape Navigator in Fall 1995, I knew that I just had to be a part of it. Continue reading
My reflections on the films in Week 1