My romance with MOOCs started some months ago, when I stumbled upon a TED video featuring Daphne Koller, the co-founder of Coursera. Should you desire to know more details about this, you can click here to read about it. However, the point of today’s post is not to go into the reasons of my exploring […]
Okay. So the course is officially over, with assessments and evaluations submitted, and results awaited. But yet it’s far from over for me. Continue reading
Watching this video I could not help experiencing a sense of déjà vu..Shades of Blade Runner, perhaps ? It could well be a replicant from Blade Runner describing his final moments. Continue reading
A post on the #EDCMOOC Facebook book had caught my attention this morning, whereby a member had asked a question concerning Powerpoint. More specifically, the question was about converting a Powerpoint presentation to video, and what tools can be used for doing so. Since I have been using Powerpoint for several years, and have used […]
The final assessment for EDCMOOC is to ‘create a digital artefact that expresses, for you, something important about one or more of the themes we have covered during the course’.
The second of this week’s films presents a charming scenario in which Gumdrop, the domestic robot, auditions for a part in a movie.
A very long time ago – probably centuries ago, I had read something very profound in a book, that has stayed with me all these years. “We are all prisoners of our own self-images. We tend to behave in a manner that WE think people would expect us to behave. Continue reading
As I watched this piece of fiction, a realization dawned on me – transhumanism ! I had read about the concept briefly, but the true meaning sunk in when I watched this video. And it made my skin crawl. Continue reading
Bubbly, vivacious, charming, cheerful and full of life. And yet not alive. This is Gumdrop, a thinking, feeling robot who is so “human”, and yet distinctly a machine. Continue reading
A Padlet wall has been set up for curating the EDCMOOC 2 artefacts. Have you added your link there as yet ? All participants are requested to kindly add the link to their artefacts to the wall, so that we can curate all of them together. Continue reading
Several days have gone by without my having written a single meaningful post on the course material of this week. Not because of lack of inclination but because of paucity of time. As we draw closer to the end of the course, and with the deadline of the artefact looming large, this week I have […]
A few days ago, I posted an article titled The Spinning Coin on this blog, wherein I had shared my view that whether one takes a Utopian view or a Dystopian view of technology, it is a matter of one’s individual perception. My digital artefact for this course is based on the same article. It […]
Read This AT Your Own Risk ! Do you ever feel that you are being controlled by external forces and go through life almost mechanically… working with robotic precision on tasks at hand, without being able to spare much thought on what you are doing ? Two extremely hectic, whirlwind weeks during which I felt […]
The piece of meat that makes up my brain must be teeming with life of some kind in order to provoke these reactions in me that I am now sharing with you here. Who am I and what am I made of is the question that has been troubling me ever since I watched this […]
The first of this week’s films is a thought-provoking account of the ‘dying thoughts’ of a self-aware robot. Robbie estimates that he has been floating in space for 6000 years. Continue reading
The battle royale between Utopia and Dystopia has been raging for centuries, but what is surprising is that neither side seems to be winning or losing. And at the same time, it also symbolizes the age-old co-existence of opposites. Something like the good co-existing with the bad, believers with non-believers, heroes with villains. Continue reading
My imagination was set afire after watching this video and I was sorely tempted to write another satire on this one as well, but considering that I have been travelling for work most of this week and have a lot of catching up to do with this week’s resources, I shall spare you, my dear […]
Technology is something created by humans. Every kind of technological advancement has been there for the betterment of our lives. However, humans, being the fragile and gullible beings that we are, have let it sweep us away and at some point, we fell in love with it and lost ourselves. Continue reading
The first of this week’s films is an advertisement for Toyota.
Objects that blog…. An interesting concept, and new to me, so that’s another new thing I have learned from EDCMOOC – Objects That Blog. And I also noted with a sense of immense relief that I am not one. Continue reading
Metaphor is a type of analogy and is closely related to other rhetorical figures of speech that achieve their effects via association, comparison or resemblance including allegory, hyperbole, and simile. -Wiki
In my career life, I am always seeking for the metaphor of commercial products and making association with them by images. Continue reading
Block 2 of the E-learning and Digital Cultures course asks the question: ‘What does it mean to be human within a digital culture, and what does that mean for education?’
Ubiquitous. A word that I had heard some years ago, but never really bothered to really fix it into my vocabulary. Well it’s fixed good and proper now. Continue reading
Came across this on another blog that I am following. Filed under: EDCMOOC Tagged: education, humor, technology
Communication is getting easier than ever since wireless network has significant progress in recent years. As you can see that many people just slip their fingers on the touch screen when they are walking, taking the mass transit and even working. They don’t talk to or interact with others and they seem to have a lot of fun inside the network. Continue reading
All life is a game. SIGHT is a disturbing representation of a mind distorted by gaming. A mind so addicted to gaming that it treats life itself as a game. Continue reading
I am literally Drowning In A Sea Of Information, and yet I am starved for knowledge. When I enrolled in the EDC MOOC, little did I realize what I was heading for. This being my second MOOC, I thought it would be somewhat like another one that I had just completed, which was more of […]
We have heard of technology continuously evolving and being shaped to meet the requirements of us ever-demanding humans. This video, however, adds a new dimension to this perspective – that of humans evolving to adapt to technology. Each passing year introduces us to paradigm shifts in the way we do things, because of newer technology […]
In week 2, we are urged to look to the future of technology and education and consider how utopian and dystopian ideas shape our understanding of learning technology. We are also encouraged to consider the significance of metaphor in our thinking about the internet – two topics that interest me very much. Continue reading
Good feelings guaranteed. This one will make you smile and appreciate technology. In all the videos that we have been discussing over the last couple of weeks, we have looked at varying representations of utopia, dystopia, technological determinism and what have you. Continue reading
Bridging The Future, in my opinion, is an entirely believable video that portrays the future of education – the digital classroom. Compared to the Corning video, which, though imaginative, failed to strike the right chord with me, this one is far more credible, because some of this technology already exists, if I am not mistaken. […]
“Technology is the knack of so arranging the world that we do not experience it.” – Rollo May in The Cry for MythFiled under: EDCMOOC
The core text for the Week 1 resources is a web essay titled Technological or Media Determinism, by a lecturer at the University of Aberystwyth called Daniel Chandler.
Picture this.. I wake up in the morning and stretch out on the bed, suddenly realizing that the bed has turned cold and hard. Gingerly, I run my hand over the surface and I realize there is no mattress, and with a jolt I come half-awake, and sit upright on the bed, take a careful […]
For someone who is not even remotely a film buff, describing the utopian or dystopian aspects of a popular film is akin to asking a vegetarian to describe the taste and qualities of a tenderloin steak. For the life of me, I could not recall any sci-fi or other such movie that adequately highlights the […]
Theories and debates on Technological Determinism are probably as old as technology itself. However, before I started to wade through the wealth of materials provided on EDCMOOC, I wanted to get a clear understanding of what Determinism actually meant, so I started my explorations by looking at various definitions of this term, some of which […]
I remembered when the first time I left my hometown for attending my fresh man life in the university, my mother accompanied me to arrange my dormitory for the first 2 days. Since she came home, I started to call her every night. That is the popped memory when I started to think what is the part which technology influenced my life. Continue reading
I had barely managed to shrug off the initial feeling of overwhelm yesterday, and had resumed studying the course materials with some confidence regained. However, today that feeling is back with a bang once again, as I struggle with Utopias, Dystopias, technological determinism and universalism. The more I read, the more ignorant and “reduced” I […]
This was my favorite of the three movies. It contained some beautifully understated observations, such as when, upon waking, the male character gets out of bed he falls straight into his workstation; the morning routine having passed unnoticed. I walk through a park on the way to work and am aware that I have to make myself relax and take it all in; so consuming are the preoccupations of the working day and the logistics of getting to the place where it happens. Continue reading
The fourth in the series of short films for week 1 is ‘New Media’ by Julian Cooke and Sebastain Dias. This slick film uses advanced CGI techniques to portray a disturbing vision of a future dominated by machines. Continue reading
It seems quite fitting that today be the day I reflect on the third film, Thursday.
Just watched the first clip from the coursera page (Bendito Machine) . I found it thought provoking and it raises all sorts of issues about the role of technology in social change, human evolution etc. As a social parody it made me think of Mcluhan and ideas about the ways in which media and technology shape our views of the world, social institutions and maybe even our psychological aparatus. Continue reading
New Media Humanity in the tentacles of technology, A totally dystopian representation of a world that is on the mercy of technology, in my view. This video is quite similar to the Bendito Machine, or perhaps, can even be called a logical sequel to it, following the dystopian view-pint. While Bendito Machine depicts man’s quest […]
Thursday As I watched this video, for a moment I could not but help recalling the opening scene of another video that I had watched just a few days ago. The video was based on David Foster Wallace’s famous 2005 Kenyon Commencement Address speech, and opens with this short story on fishes. Here are some […]
My least favourite of this week’s films, Inbox uses the metaphor of a red bag to express the ways in which web-based technology connects people.
After having watched all the four suggested videos posted under Popular Cultures, I am still trying to analyze my thoughts on the Utopian as well as Dystopian views on technology, as depicted in the videos. Being a lover of computers as well as technology, my approach to technology has largely been utopian and I doubt […]
In Block 1, we are exploring how digital cultures are interpreted as being either utopian (highly desirable) or dystopian (negative). To illustrate this, four short films are referenced as course materials. Continue reading
Day 1 of the E-learning and Digital Cultures MOOC. I’m excited about experiencing a MOOC and new ways to learn. I’m hoping to meet interesting people along the way and gain new perspectives. Continue reading
Email arrived from Coursera this morning, reminding me that the E-Learning and Digital Cultures course begins today.
OK… so it is the first day of the E-Learning & Digital Cultures MOOC on Coursera – my second MOOC so far, and I am starting this blog to document my own progress as I move through the program. I have just finished watching the introductory videos, and am now exploring the forums and also […]