Feb 18

#EDCMOOC China and internet

This is an article from China Daily which as I see it, is used to present the China perspective to foreigners as a balance to the western media. In this article a Chinese professor criticises  a Human Rights Watch report about surveillance of internet use by the government. In it, he outlines what I think is the general perspective within China regarding the internet, in that it is allowing for greater expression and freedoms but within boundaries. Continue reading

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Feb 14

Time for an artistic break – being human in the #edcMOOC

Week 3 of our MOOC moves us to the topic of “Being Human”. Phew, this is the bit that I think will help to ground me a little more (or perhaps spin me out…). And I’m excited as there’s a competition in the MOOC to experiment with visual ways of representing our understanding of the [… Continue reading

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Feb 11

#EDCMOOC Week 2 Metaphors slow the revolution

I’m only skimming the surface of this course and mostly posting reflections behind schedule. I feel it’s more formal than the ETMOOC but probably more conducive to indepth discussion. However, less accommodating for me as I’ve only got a moment or 2 here and there to read something (when kids are asleep and no spring festival appointments allow) and the videos never seem to play – probably related to the fact that I’m using a VPN to access them. Continue reading

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Feb 08

The More Things Change the More They Stay the Same #EDCMOOC

I hate to state the obvious but the human mind is amazing. Since I started taking the E-Learning and Digital Cultures course (EDCMOOC) and the now suspended Fundamentals of Online Learning: Planning and Application course, I see applicable tools, articles and metaphors for topics raised in the EDCMOOC or the Facebook learning community that formed by the FOEMOOC “refugees.”

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Feb 08

Dystopia or reality. Students tagged like cattle. #edcmooc

I was struck recently to read about this piece of news:

Starting this fall, the fourth-largest school district in Texas is experimenting with “locator” chips in student ID badges on two of its campuses, allowing administrators to track the whereabouts of 4,200 students with GPS-like precision.

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