Dec 02

The Educational Challenge in the Post-human Situation #edcmooc

Preface: The following post beside to a number of other media complements are packed together to form a digital artifact as the final assignment for the EDC (E-learning and Digital Cultures) MOOC powered by Coursera platform and presented by a talented team of scholars from the University of Edinburgh. a

Primary interrupt: You may neglect this interrupt and read just the second sequence of the package I have provided here and therefore, all of a sudden, fall into the argument of post-humanism. Continue reading

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Nov 26

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 […]

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Nov 25

Humanistic Education & the human element #EDCMOOC

I watched Steve Fuller’s talk and read the article on “Humanistic Education” and I was genuinely surprised and confused! They were talking about a kind of thinking about education, that I had never heard of. Having studied philosophy, worked with learning for years and being in teaching and learning #edtech since 2008 I was puzzled…

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Nov 25

Being Human – Week 3 #EDCMOOC

What is a human and what makes us human? – Well I’m just going to go with the biological definition and stick to “member of the race Homo Sapiens” – wikipedia has an excellent page on Human, well worth a look even if you’re not currently doubting your own existence, uniqueness or sameness to other creatures. I particularly like the description of symbolic communication and what thereby follows:

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Nov 22

Heart To Heart ? My Technology Does It Better ! #edcmooc

This video would have one believe that a computer-to-computer interaction is impersonal, while a phone call is much more “human”. To some extent, I would agree with that, but then the question that arises is – aren’t the two protagonists still separated by distance, and the only thing that has changed between them is the […]

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Nov 22

Find Your Way To Real #edcmooc

After having spent almost three weeks in EDCMOOC and trying to stay afloat amid loads and loads of information, blog posts, tweets and what have you, I was wondering about the Week 3 photo contest. My first reaction was to not participate, as I am not particularly great with photo-editing software. AND I have been […]

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Nov 22

Getting “Realistic” #edcmooc

“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”  – Albert Einstein In this video, Toyota would have us believe that we live in an unrealistic world – so immersed in our technology-driven surroundings that we do not even experience the thrill of being alive. Everything around us is surreal – a life so […]

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Nov 22

Technology Vs The Human Touch #edcmooc

This article was originally posted by me on 12 Aug 2012 on my personal blog from a customer service perspective – a representation of how technology is reducing the human interaction in business transactions. I am sharing it here once again as it is still relevant from the perspective of being human. I received a […]

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Nov 20

The classroom of the future – Reflections of week 2 #EDCMOOC

A day made of glass 2 and Bridging our future (below) both gave utopian visions of how technology could shape day to day life and more significantly for me as an educator, the classroom of the future. In many ways the visions show little change, with many day to day objects and devices such as the alarm clock, the car and the tablet, still featuring and playing their current role but a little ‘shinier’.

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Nov 14

Looking to the future (week 2): ideas and interpretations #edcmooc

After looking into how some utopian and dystopian visions portray the future of learning technology in this post, we now look into how metaphors represent the relationships between humans and technology, some probable scenarios, and how they would impact the future. We will then talk further on their relation to the future of education in the next post.

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Nov 13

Utopia Vs Dystopia #EDCMOOC

Some interesting video stimuli for week 1. Firmly within the dystopia camp, The Bendito Machine III suggested the idolisation and worship of technology, likening machines to tribal gods with a good spray of death amongst the wonder. However the reign of the machines was limited, only to be discarded every time a more impressive ‘ruler’ came along; echoing the throw away attitudes of our society with the once gods now permanent residents of the land fill junk yard. Continue reading

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Nov 13

Block 1, Week 1: E-Learning and Digital Cultures | #edcmooc | THURSDAY

In sociology and philosophy, agency is the capacity of an agent (a person or other entity), to act in a world. The short film, Thursday, depicts two people and a bird family with hugely varying ways of acting and interacting with the world. The mother bird is shown flying free in the beginning of the […]

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Nov 13

Tech-savvy future educators needed? #edcmooc

In my post Looking to the Future: Popular Cultures, I ended the commentary by questioning the work scope of educators as presented by the utopian visions of Corning and Intel.

A recap on the question – the two utopian visions show how a classroom teacher work seamlessly with digital technology in interacting with students, would educators then (in this future utopia) ideally need to be somewhat tech-savvy and master the art of digital pedagogy? Continue reading

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Nov 12

Looking Back, Looking Forwards. Fashion and Fads in #edtech #EDCMOOC

The film Bendito Machine III, that we watched last week on the E-learning and Digital Cultures MOOC, tells the story of technological development in terms of ritual and worship. The tribe treats each new technology with god-like reverence, and damns the preceding technology to the scrap heap.

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Nov 11

Looking to the future (week 2): popular cultures #edcmooc

Firstly, I have forgotten that the video-sharing site, vimeo, is blocked in Indonesia (so is reddit and imgur)… I know I’m able to use a VPN but it is so frustrating to find vimeo be blocked, especially since it hosts amazing HD videos worthy to learn from. Moving on…

In this week’s lesson, instead of retrospecting, we’re looking to the future. Continue reading

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Nov 11

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

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 […]

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Nov 10

#EDCMOOC w1 – the education

The first week’s perspectives on education are showing their age – not just in design *hello screaming yellow web 1.0 background colour* but also in their views of the internet as being one thing, and that thing being either good or bad – it’s all white hats Vs black hats in the wild west:

Cerraulo (2002) advocates the view that progress fueled by technology is inevitable, and we must stop struggling and resisting, or we will go under like the IBM who didn’t understand the potential of personal computing: Universities and teachers must embrace e-learning at speed. Continue reading

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Nov 10

Progression #edcmooc #edcmoocrocks

This November the University of Edinburgh runs the third iteration of its massive open online course “E-learning and Digital Cultures” (EDCMOOC) through the Coursera platform. The first two were in January and November last year. EDCMOOC is a month-long online educational event that is often described as an ‘exciting’ and yet an ‘overwhelming’ digital space […]

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Nov 10

Looking to the past (week 1): perspectives on education #edcmooc

Noble’s piece in 1998 titled Digital Diploma Mills: The Automation of Higher Education, presented many points that are still very much relevant today, most especially, for me as an educator and a designer, regarding the (commercialization of) automated education.

When I was working as a lecturer, to hear that some universities were requesting (perhaps forcing? Continue reading

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Nov 10

All hail the EDCMOOC bot – a she? a he? an it? what? huh? #edcmooc

I’ve just finished watching the Week 1 Hangouts session of EDCMOOC. Great insights and definitely a nice way to get a summary of what’s been going on with the course – I’ve missed the opportunity to be more active in the discussion forum and will do so in the upcoming weeks.

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Nov 09

#EDCMOOC week one

Must technology either be a depicted as dystopia or utopia? Didn’t we get past that since the great dystopia of 1984 (back in 1948!) – well that was my thought at the beginning of the week, peeking at the curriculum for the Edinburgh U coursera course E-learning and Digital Cultures, aka #EDCMOOC
And I still hold the view that many depictions of technology these days are a bit more nuanced than just “technology is good” or bad, for that matter. Continue reading

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Nov 09

The Overwhelm Returns ! #edcmooc

This was originally posted by me on my blog – The MOOCS Explorer in the last run of EDCMOOC in 2013, towards the end of the first week. I am reasonably certain that there will be many out there in the current run, who would be feeling totally lost and overwhelmed, as I was way […]

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Nov 09

A Teacher Bot Gone Out Of Control ! #edcmooc #edcmoocrocks

This run of EDCMOOC is different from the previous year, in the sense that something new has been introduced here – A Teacher Bot. Here is the introduction of the course from Coursera’s site – This third instance of the EDCMOOC will feature our ‘teacher bot’, running in Twitter under the course hashtag #edcmooc. ‘Teacher […]

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Nov 07

A Late Start, But Here I Am #edcmooc #edcmoocrocks

Ok.. so I missed the official start date of 3rd November as I was travelling, but as they say, better late than never, so here I am, getting ready to roll with the EDCMOOC. This is my second time here – the first time was as a participant, and this time round, as a CTA […]

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Nov 06

Looking to the past (week 1): popular cultures #edcmooc

For the first week of E-Learning and Digital Cultures course, there are three sets of resources for students to engage with: (1) Popular cultures; (2) Ideas and interpretations; and (3) Perspectives on education.

The popular cultures set consists of a selection of short films which represent, in very different ways, the theme of utopia-dystopia which is the main focus of the first block of study. Continue reading

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Nov 06

New Media – The Tentacles Of Technology #edcmooc #edcmoocrocks

NEWMEDIA from MOLI Studio on Vimeo. 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. Continue reading

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Nov 06

Latest Course: E-Learning and Digital Cultures #edcmooc

Instead of Art and Design in Education MA, I have decided to pursue Digital Media, Culture and Education MA instead – upon further research (and a looooooot of thinking), “media ed” seem to offer a lot more in terms of what I would like to achieve; gaining and applying knowledge in (design) education delivery via tools/mediums that are current and progressive, whilst utilizing my skills an experience as design theory lecturer and graphic designer.

It’s great to have discovered E-Learning and Digital Cultures course provided by The University of Edinburgh on Coursera. Continue reading

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Nov 06

Looking to the past – technology is forming our life #edcmooc week1

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 […]

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Nov 05

First try at a MOOC: #edcmooc E-learning and Digital Cultures

The topic of MOOCs came up with a colleague today and having never done one before I thought I should try one out. I headed for Coursera and happened across the E-Learning & Digital Cultures MOOC from Edinburgh University. I saw one of the course team @hamacleod speak last week and the MOOC went live this week so it was obviously meant to be! Continue reading

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Nov 05

Where There’s MOOC There’s Brass? #edcmooc

Even though I only just finished an intense 18 months of E-Learning Instructional Design study with the University of California, Irvine , I’ve just gone back to college.

I’ve decided to try out my first MOOC, a little bit down to to professional curiosity and a little because I think it’ll be good for my own CPD. Continue reading

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Nov 05

Block 1, Week 1: E-Learning and Digital Cultures | #edcmooc | BENDITO MACHINE III

This blog is temporarily getting re-purposed.  I will be posting my responses as part of the coursework for a Coursera MOOC out of the University of Edinburgh, E-Learning and Digital Cultures

BENDITO MACHINE III depicts a group of “villagers” who worship any new technology that comes along. Continue reading

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Nov 05

Block 1, Week 1: E-Learning and Digital Cultures | #edcmooc | BENDITO MACHINE III

This blog is temporarily getting re-purposed.  I will be posting my responses as part of the coursework for a Coursera MOOC out of the University of Edinburgh, E-Learning and Digital Cultures BENDITO MACHINE III depicts a group of “villagers” who worship any new technology that comes along. They are shown, both literally and figuratively, putting […]

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Nov 05

Block 1, Week 1: E-Learning and Digital Cultures | #edcmooc | INBOX

This blog is temporarily getting re-purposed.  I will be posting my responses as part of the coursework for a Coursera MOOC out of the University of Edinburgh, E-Learning and Digital Cultures I really loved this quirky movie! We are presented with a young woman who is clearly standoffish based upon the initial social “interactions” that […]

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