Mar 04

Upward Spirals – #edcmooc

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I have now finished all my course work for the E-Learning and Digital Cultures MOOC and am free to reflect on my experience. Taking this course was like exploring a fractal, each bud opening into whole new vistas, and those into further still. Continue reading

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Feb 25

Human+ #edcmooc

Lieber auf Deutsch lesen? *klick* While the third week of the E-Learning and Digital Cultures course has been mainly devoted to humanism, this week’s focus was more on post-human aspects. What is posthumanism? Continue reading

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Feb 25

Mensch+ #edcmooc

Prefer to read in English? *click* Während sich der E-Learning and Digital Cultures Kurs in der letzten Woche noch hauptsächlich dem Humanismus gewidmet hat, ging es diese Woche schwerpunktmäßig um posthumane Aspekte. Was ist Posthumanismus? Continue reading

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Feb 19

Week 3 Response to "The Real Deal" #edcmooc

From assignment: This advertisement for the Toyota GT86 plays on some of the dystopic visions of our immersion in a pixellated simulation of reality which may be familiar from some of the previous clips you’ve looked at. Here, the reality and authenticity of human emotion is aligned with speed, control and a ‘breaking out’ of the artificial into the ‘natural’. (Note, however, that the means of breaking out is still entirely technological! Continue reading

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Feb 19

#edcmooc More thoughts about online education

I’m approaching the final segment of my second MOOC at Coursera, E-learning and Digital Cultures. The class isn’t what I expected – it’s more philosophical and less practical, more about the trans-human and less about the mechanics of how to use the internet in learning. It’s also more video-based than text-based, which is a problem for me because I don’t really enjoy watching videos (I know, I’m weird). Continue reading

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Feb 19

Week 3 Response to "They’re made of meat" #edcmooc

From assignment: This short film has a darkly comic grounding idea which we won’t spoil here! The vision of humanity it constructs is one which is rich but also slightly repellent – it works to make the notion of ‘the human’ seem strange. What conclusions might you draw from this about the human body, and whether we can see the body as providing a stable basis for defining what it means to be human? Continue reading

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Feb 19

Week 3 Response to "World Builder" #edcmooc

From assignment: World builder is a short film which explores some of the same themes (simulation, immersion, artifice) as the Toyota advertisement, though in a slightly more nuanced way. What is your interpretation of this film? In what ways does it position ‘the human’ in relation to the technological? Continue reading

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Feb 19

Week 3 Response to "Heart to Heart" #edcmooc

From assignment: This advert takes on the theme of mediation and, again, the nature of ‘authentic’ human contact. What aspects of ‘the human’ do you see as being ‘re-asserted’ here? Can you link this clip with the notion of ‘the illusion of non-mediation’ referenced in the Kolowich article we are also looking at? Continue reading

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Feb 18

Strategies #edcmooc

The course guides and resources are found on the Internet. There is no need to download the videos, I can watch each of them when I have 10 minutes break. However, since YouTube automatically offers other videos to see, it’s easy to spend a multiple of htcdesirecred10 minutes looking for very interesting things. Continue reading

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Feb 18

Mediated world #edcmooc

booth-16817_640Alone together – characteristics our relationships in mediated world. After seeing the short film Inbox I asked the question about the difficulties of male-female contacts: developing the technology is the only reason for our difficulties? I think, no. Continue reading

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Feb 18

Looking to the past #edcmooc

Past – in our current sense – is not the same as “past” in a timeline, since the short movie in the course how the present in a grotesque way and the future that originates from the presents. Past is in fact our experience about things we already know. We know how to deal with them, how to live in an environment controlled by conditions and rules. Continue reading

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Feb 11

Reflections on learning on the internet, #edcmooc

Last fall, I took my first ever MOOC, Greek and Roman Mythology, with professor Peter Struck at the University of Pennsylvania. I was impressed by how closely this approximated taking an actual university class, and with tens of thousands of students all over the world. I became interested in MOOCs as a phenomenon, and in looking more closely at other ways of learning on the internet. Continue reading

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