Apr 09

challenges – MOOC

The pushing and stretching of the EDCMOOC. Other’s post have such a creative view of the class and are able to use technology to create their art. I am still old school and attempting to get up to speed with all of the technology to be able to communicate my ideas. Continue reading

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Nov 22

Interesting Statistics for #edcmooc Round 3 #edcmoocrocks

Curiosity killed the cat, but as far as the EDCMOOC is concerned, it need not kill you. So if you have, like me, been curious to know the statistics related to the E-Learning & Digital Cultures Course, the wait is over. Thanks to the instructors, we are now able to share them with you. Continue reading

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Nov 16

A Stranger Goes Out Of His Way To Help ! #edcmooc

A few days ago, I had added the blog feeds of several participants to the UNOFFICIAL Blog feed on edcmooc.rocks, and was pretty happy with the results, considering the fact that I am not a techie, and happily went about tweeting it to the world. However, the tweet below from a fellow EDCMOOCer brought me…Read more A Stranger Goes Out Of His Way To Help ! Continue reading

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Nov 09

Technology Bytes Back? – #edcmooc

Well, coming to the end of the first week in the University of Edinburgh’s E-learning and Digital Cultures MOOC (EDCMOOC) and, having gone through the resources for Week 1, I have been given a fair amount of info to reflect on. Chandler’s web essay on Technological Determinism had my head in a spin, as did…

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Nov 09

Week 1 Resources – Film 4:New Media #edcmooc

A very short, very grim representation of the effects of technology on humanity. There are definite visual echoes of ‘Bendito Machine III’ here – what similarities and differences can you identify between the two films? The similarity between this short clip and Bendito Machine is that humanity has become passive. Continue reading

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Nov 06

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

Originally posted on The MOOCs Explorer:
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…

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Feb 27

#edcmooc digital artefact

Here is my final assignment for the E-learning and Digital Cultures mooc.  Initial inspiration came from one of the twitter-chat questions: “Do you consider your digital identity a separate self or is it identical to your real-world self?” This inspired me to make my artefact in Second Life using Machinima techniques. Continue reading

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Feb 25

Final reflections on #edcmooc

In our house, we spend a lot of time in front of the computer, looking up things on the internet, watching movies, and taking classes. My husband and I are both enrolled in MOOCs, and I wonder how the internet, this constant availability of the sum of human knowledge, will affect our children’s education, now and throughout their lives.

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Feb 21

The Human Touch: Education Next

The Human Touch: Education Next:

This #edcmooc week three reading is a 2004 piece by Lowell Monke at Wittenberg University is fascinating in that it calls for young students to be actively with-held from interacting with technology, or learning digital literacy because they have not yet explored their own human capabilities (i.e. ‘unassisted’ by technology). 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 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 14

Digital Natives vs Digital Immigrants

Marc Prensky’s digital natives vs immigrants analogy is covered on the #edcmooc reading list and I have been a bit horrified that some students on the course seem to view it positively.

Whilst superficially it seems to make some sort of intuitive sense – kids now are growing up with technology and that makes them view it differently than people who didn’t – in my experience in working in this area, it is the analogy that spawned a thousand excuses as to why ‘the youth of today’ don’t need ‘us’ (the adults) to provide for a proper education for them. Continue reading

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Feb 11

#edcmooc Technology, a utopia turned into dystopia

The rapid development of tecnology throughout the ages has had one major target: to make our lives easier and help us walk towards the future with more knowledge, hence more power in our hands, more developed minds and more abilities. In my opinion, the huan is a creature full of potential that is still unknown. The advancement of technology has opened new doors, the rapid share of information worldwide has made us wiser and we live in a “global community”. 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

#edcmooc Controlling the overload

Hey there – can anyone see me … I’m buried under the mountain of information … yes … down here … still breathing though! The one thing I’ve been finding is that it takes effort to make the time for the course material; to find the right place and time with a modicum of peace and quiet in which to absorb and assimilate this information. Countless social media sites, new applications to try and blogs galore – I need to remind myself to nibble away at a bit each day and also to chose my own pathway leading off from the core material. Continue reading

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Jan 31

Day one and two

I started a free coursera online course yesterday called “e-learning and digital cultures”.  I am new to blogging and tweeting, so at my first glance over the material and deliverables for the course, I almost turned around and left!

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