Dec 23

A Tale Of Two MOOCs #edcmooc

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 […]

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 7.7/10 (3 votes cast)
Dec 04

Converting Powerpoint To Video #edcmooc

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 […]

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 8.5/10 (2 votes cast)
Dec 03

Missing In Action #edcmooc

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 […]

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)
Dec 03

Technology In Education – My Digital Artefact For #edcmooc

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 […]

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 8.5/10 (2 votes cast)
Dec 02

From Being Robotic To Being Human #edcmooc

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 […]

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)
Nov 27

Hey ! Let’s Meat Up ! #edcmooc

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 […]

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 8.5/10 (2 votes cast)
Nov 27

Robbie #edcmooc

Day 23

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

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 9.0/10 (1 vote cast)
Posted in Uncategorized
Nov 27

The Spinning Coin #edcmooc

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

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 8.0/10 (1 vote cast)
Nov 26

World Builder – A “Touchy” Issue #edcmooc

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 […]

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)
Nov 20

Metaphor of e-learning and digital culture #edcmooc

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

H350_poster_30x40_2011_0307_02
In my career life, I am always seeking for the metaphor of commercial products and making association with them by images. Continue reading

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 8.3/10 (3 votes cast)
Nov 17

Are we inside or outside? That’s a good guestion! #edcmooc

illustration_wk2-01Communication 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

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)
Posted in Uncategorized
Nov 17

Metaphorically Speaking #edcmooc

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 […]

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 10.0/10 (1 vote cast)
Nov 14

A Digitally Troubled Tomorrow #edcmooc

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 […]

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)
Posted in Uncategorized
Nov 14

Popular Cultures #edcmooc

Day 9

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

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)
Posted in Uncategorized
Nov 13

A Bridge Too Far ? Not Really #edcmooc

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. […]

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)
Posted in Uncategorized
Nov 12

A Day Of Broken Glass – A Life So Fragile #edcmooc

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 […]

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)
Nov 11

Machines – Benefit Or Hazard – Blade Runner #edcmooc

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 […]

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 8.0/10 (2 votes cast)
Posted in Uncategorized
Nov 11

Technological Determinism #edcmooc

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 […]

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)
Posted in Uncategorized
Nov 11

#edcmooc week 1- Looking to the past – technology is forming our life

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

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)
Nov 09

The Overwhelm Returns ! #edcmooc

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 […]

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 8.0/10 (1 vote cast)
Posted in Uncategorized
Nov 09

#edcmooc warning: stream of consciousness approaching

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

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 8.0/10 (2 votes cast)
Posted in Uncategorized
Nov 09

New Media #edcmooc

Day 5

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

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 8.0/10 (1 vote cast)
Posted in Uncategorized
Nov 08

#edcmooc sir, I have brought the prisoners…

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

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)
Posted in Uncategorized
Nov 07

New Media – The Tentacles Of Technology #edcmooc

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 […]

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)
Posted in Uncategorized
Nov 07

A Thursday ? No, This Is Water ! #edcmooc

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 […]

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)
Posted in Uncategorized
Nov 06

Utopian vs Dystopian – Two Sides Of The Same Coin #edcmooc

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 […]

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 5.5/10 (2 votes cast)
Posted in Uncategorized
Nov 05

Introducing Myself on #edcmooc

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 […]

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)
Posted in Uncategorized