Dec 09

The Role of the Teacher in a Blended MOOC #EDCMOOC

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.

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Dec 08

#EDCMOOC: Distributed Flips and Blended MOOCs

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

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Nov 26

Complex Attitudes Toward Technology #EDCMOOC

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

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Nov 22

"World Builder": Irreality bites #edcmooc

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

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Nov 16

"Sight": A gamified life? #edcmooc

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.

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Nov 13

#EDCMOOC Week 2: Film 2 – Bridging our Future

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

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Nov 13

More Student Reactions to the #EDCMOOC

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

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Nov 12

#EDCMOOC Week 2: Film 1 – A Day Made of Glass 2

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.

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Nov 11

My Students’ First Reactions to the #EDCMOOC

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.

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Nov 09

My Blended/Hybrid Class #EDCMOOC

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

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Nov 09

#edcmooc Some examples of cinematographic Dystopia

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

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Nov 09

Technology Bytes Back? – #edcmooc

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…

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Nov 09

Week 1 Resources – Film 4:New Media #edcmooc

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

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Feb 26

Week 4 #edcmooc | I would like to add some more RAM to my brain!

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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

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Feb 26

“Digital Life”: an augmented music video parody #edcmooc final artifact

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

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Feb 21

EDCMOOC Week Four: Robbie Film Review

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

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Feb 21

Week four of #EDCMOOC

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

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Feb 18

EDCMOOC Week Three: Heart to Heart Video Review:

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

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Feb 18

EDCMOOC Week Three: World Builder Video Review

I viewed this movie as a simulation for the patient rather than for the man. It left me with more questions than anything.
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Feb 11

FutureSchool: A Teen Perspective #edcmooc

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

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Feb 11

Poetry, Music, Sunrise, and Puppies: What Equilibrium Tells Us About Being Human #edcmooc

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

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Feb 07

Week 2 #edcmooc | Will we be buried in a sparkling mound of glass shards?

edcmooc2In 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

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Feb 07

A familiar model in Coursera: e-Learning and Digital Cultures

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

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Feb 07

EDC MOOC Week One reflection

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

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Feb 03

Week 1 – Aaargh!

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.

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Feb 03

Week 1 #edcmooc – utopia or dystopia?

edcmooc1aI 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

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Feb 03

EDCMOOC Week 1 : Films, articles and examples

My reflections on the films in Week 1

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I related to this film in particular… I’ve recently moved to a 10acre block with a vege garden (although smaller than my previous one), lots of beautiful trees, thistles to rid in the paddocks and a lovely big garden – there is lots to do outside and I love it. The problem is that I work on the computer all day and continue to ‘tidy up things’ when at home so often look up from hours at the screen to remember there is an ‘amazing view’ outside my window! Continue reading
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