Nov 20

Dahlberg: non-reductionist methodology

Against a background of an explosion of research into ICT, impacts on society and individual etc [a little scathing perhaps… mentions ‘intoxicated’ with the information society] Dahlberg takes a stand against views of ICT which are one-dimensional.

These are 3 categoriesof 1-D approaches:

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Nov 20

Popular cultures at #edcmooc

In the words of Popeye “I Yam What I Yam”. I’m not sure why there is the determination to define ourselves because no amount of debate is going to change what we are. Perhaps it’s the need to establish ourselves as some sort of superior being and I’m not sure that we are. Continue reading
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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 19

#edcmooc Utopias vs Dysopias

The course videos just created more questions and some thoughts for a start. Let me share them:

Do we lose some ‘natural’ mechanisms with the advancement of technology?

I feel not, but I’ve got no clue on how to develop on this question… Continue reading

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Nov 19

#edcmooc The web, the net and the eWorld.

“Metaphor’s meanings and entailments vary by culture”

Having said that, the topic discussed by the article should probably be taken up by the English-speaking cultures only.
For example in polish the word ‘web’ is not used at all to talk about the Internet. The whole discourse on this kind of metaphor doesn’t even make sense then. Continue reading

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Nov 19

Holiday time #edcmooc

I was away on holiday last week, which is relevant for two reasons. Firstly, it explains why I’m late posting any comment on the Week 2 material. Secondly, for big chunks of the week, I had no internet connection. Continue reading

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Nov 19

Balfour and Stewart through Johnston’s filter #edcmooc

I read three articles this week, here is my rather limited reflection on them:

Johnston, R (2009) Salvation or destruction: metaphors of the internet. First Monday, 14(4).

In the article above Johnston discusses the use of metaphor when describing the Internet, based on a study of editorials. Continue reading

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Nov 18

Future of Technology #edcmooc

Future of Technology #edcmooc

In week 2 I made a bold decision….I decided I was concerned about the advertising of technology as “utopian”.  While I had no replies or feedback regarding my post last week (which discouraged me from posting additionally in the discussions) I DID decide that the videos we watched left me with a strong position of “indecision”. Continue reading

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Nov 18

#edcmooc – It’s not the technology, it’s me!

Reflecting on the first two weeks of EDCMOOC, we have seen many views of technology – broadly split into idealistic/utopian or fearful/dystopian views of the impact technology might have on our lives.  In too many of these views however, the user is shown as a follower – either as a happy and fulfilled user, mindlessly following a tech-led path or as a helpless victim, exploited by the negative controls imposed through technology.  Even in Week 3, which is about being human within a digital culture, there are still follower elements – “…in the debate about the implications of digital.. Continue reading

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Nov 18

The Future, in 4 short films #edcmooc

I watched 4 short films, which portray future technology from different perspectives. I will try to make sense of all these through the tutors questions and my own impressions.The films were:

Film 1: A day made of glass 2
Film 2: Bridging our future
Film 3: A digital tomorrow
Film 4: Sight

Film 1 and 2 were adverts by Corning and Intel respectively, showing how there products would seamlessly fit into our future lives, particularly into education. Continue reading

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Nov 18

Bendito Machine – dystopia, with an almost happy ending #edcmooc

A really thought-provoking film. The dystopian view that technology is not neutral and that its all-seeing, all-documenting (loved the touch of the eyes spilling out at the end) personality leads to control is very disturbing. Combined with the impression that we get hooked on the fun, to the extent that we don’t notice when the fun becomes sinister, made me want to throw my ever-so-necessary computer away immediately. Continue reading

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Nov 18

#edcmooc w2: Looking to the Future

I grew up fascinated about the future and science fiction. Cannot really recall the number of sci-fi and fantasy stories that drew pictures of all kinds of possible scenarios of future from utopian worlds of equality, friendship, and comradely to dystopian worlds of abused relationships and connections

Sometimes it feels like we live in the world of self-fulfilled prophesy – sooner or later all these worlds described by Verne, Asimov, Vonnegut, Lem and many others become reality. Continue reading

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Nov 17

My culture #edcmooc

Education is the tool that permits that people be creative and it also facilitates many research processes. It seems that students could learn easier and seem to have a perfect connection with the knowledge world and their professors. They are motivated and this facilitates teaching and learning process in all ways. Continue reading

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Nov 17

Geek joke

Hello hello

I just wanted to share with you this joke that the third movie from week 2 made me think about. You know how at the end of the movie A Digital tomorrow, the guy, Gerardo, is in the bathroom. Continue reading

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Nov 17

Technological determinism and online education – Week 1 #edcmooc

Thinking about technology and its impact on our world is complex and there are many possible perspectives you can have. Reading Daniel Chandler’s essay on technological determinism you get an overview of different ways of looking at both technology itself and society. The question driving the discussion is how much technology decides social change. Continue reading

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Nov 17

#EDCMOOC w2: Visions of education

In the near future children will think of nothing but their learning from they wake up, dying to get to school until they hand in their homework and fall asleep. Teachers are essentially large (sideways) scroll wheels with an audiotrack. Learning is achieved by sitting attentively and listening – or, when it gets really interactive, holding up a piece of glass. Continue reading

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Nov 17

Week 2 – Looking to the future part II – The distopian view #edcmooc

The second set of videos in this week’s lesson are a much more distopian view of technology in the future.  A Digital Tomorrow shows that we still have all the glitches and malfunctions of today’s technology; however since it is much more integrated into their lives, it is seen as a bigger headache.

 Sight just plain scares me. Continue reading

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Nov 16

"Sight": A gamified life? #edcmooc

It’s already 2nd week of EDCMOOC, generically titled “Looking to the Future”. We’ve been watching a few audiovisual pieces about technological evolution and a close near future, and I’ve been really struck by “Sight”, a short futuristic film, related to “Black Mirror”, british TV series that were mentioned in my last post.

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Nov 16

A Digital Tomorrow – Technology that says ‘No’ #EDCMOOC

So it’s the second week of my EDCMOOC, I started yesterday as I have been busy but again it’s been a interesting couple of days with some thought provoking videos.

The video that caused much of the provoking was ‘A Digital Tomorrow’. It shows a quite minimalist living environment with not much in the home, but we have the homeowner lying on the bed staring into space. Continue reading

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Nov 16

MOOC method

After reading the articles about Perspective on education, I think that massive e-learning methods are very usefully for know another point of view , is difficult to organize the information, but it makes a really learning comunity, where each one gets the informations that needs and the limit is what every ones wants to know. In works happens the same the
company is very big so each one can find their workforce development, just need orientation and support. #edcmooc. Continue reading
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Nov 16

#edcmooc LOOKING TO THE FUTURE

                                                     WEEK 2

                      

#edcmooc  

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

I am a bit late so  I am  just  watching the  videos which  the University professors have chosen for this  week.
Education will change, technology and new devices will help students to learn and work both at school and at home. We have seen these interesting videos which make me  understand that this future  has just  begun somewhere but  in other parts of the world we still have the old  blackboard and pens and pencils:

and also  OUR  LIFE IS GOING TO CHANGE   


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Nov 16

#edcmooc INTO THE FUTURE- TEACHING AND LEARNING IN A DIGITALIZED WORLD

#edcmooc      Teaching and  Learning in a new world (1)


The future has  begun : more and more  schools, universities have  courses on line, more  teachers and professors are uploading their materials on line, more and more  have a web-site and a blog.  The world is connected and we  try to be in touch with our  students and teachers all over the world.We can  decide  how, when and what  to study on line. 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 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 14

Week Two. MOOCs And Metaphors #edcmooc

future citiesThis week on the MOOC we are being asked to look at and consider utopian and dystopian visions of the future through a different lens – the ways in which metaphor influences and shapes our views of technology, and specifically the world wide web. The course materials take the same format as before: a selection of short films (in this case two adverts for future educational technology products and two fictional representations of a technology and communications-enhanced world in which the ‘Internet of Things‘ becomes increasingly pervasive and digital communication is ubiquitous), core reading materials and extended reading on the present and future roles of MOOCs in education. Participants, of whom there are now apparently something in the region of 8,000, are encouraged to respond to a number of reflective questions on their personal blogs, via Twitter, and on the online discussion forums. Continue reading

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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

Resistance is futile. Or is it? #edcmooc #edcmoocrocks

It’s Week Two of EDCMOOC and we’ve been asked to think about future visions of technology and education, exploring how utopian and dystopian stories are shaping our understanding of what is happening in the sphere of e-learning. We’ve also been asked to focus on the underlying, and in many cases, explicit, ‘metaphors’ that are used when talking about the impact of e-learning on traditional education, on human beings, and on society, looking again for examples of technological determinism and the like. There’s so much to unpack here that I’m not sure where to start, but here’s my take:

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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 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

What would Freire make of MOOCS?

Reading the two “perspectives on education” papers as part of #EDCMOOC this week, I am very struck by the distinction between a cMOOC (with the emphasis on collaborative learning), and the xMOOC – the large-scale institutional model that allows for “delivery” of content to huge groups of people: Quote from http://jolt.merlot.org/vol9no2/stewart_bonnie_0613. Continue reading

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Nov 13

Should I learn to stop worrying and love the bot?

I enrolled in e-Learning and Digital Cultures MOOC to find out more about the subject, but also to test the waters of what it might be like to pursue on online degree. A question popped up when I logged into Coursera, asking me if I intended to actively participate in the course or just observe—I said I would just observe, but after looking into the materials for the first week of the course, I realized that I would not really learn about this online experience unless I got actively involved.

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Nov 13

#EDCMOOC Week 2: Film 2 – Bridging our Future

I am trying to figure out what the difference between Corning ad Intel’s techno-utopian ads is, but I can’t so far. Once again, promotion of the metaphor of salvation emerges thanks to the use of the bridge as a symbol of connection, accessibility and transformation. Thus we get to see more happy faces, good-looking professionals and more sterile lives carried out in sterile places. Continue reading

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Nov 13

More Student Reactions to the #EDCMOOC

As I mentioned in a response to a comment from Jeremy on my last post, I teaching two sections of the course that I am embedding the EDCMOOC into. I commented on the first section on Monday: students seemed a little fearful of venturing too far into the MOOC, commenting on YouTube, but not doing much else. However, the second section was much more adventurous. Continue reading

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Nov 12

#EDCMOOC Week 2: Film 1 – A Day Made of Glass 2

The problem of promotion of technology exclusively as a positive metaphor can  already be experienced in the present: there is a tendency to embrace technology in schools founded on the assumption of effectiveness of technology for learning and not on objective results. From a superficial perspective, if this trend continues in the future we could face a problematic situation of displacement of already effective learning tools and strategies.

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Nov 12

Week 3 reflection’#edcmooc’

Film1: Toyota GT86

The suggestion is that the modern world is artificial & dully uniform but at the same time there is a strong human desire to be natural & different. The way to do this, says the advert, is to buy a Toyota GT86 and smash through the barrier of the unnatural to the natural world, even though it takes a man-made ‘artificial’ motor car to do this. With regard to education, some people see technology-mediated education as impersonal, even artificial, and believe we should return to more  natural face-to-face teaching & learning. 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 12

Week 1 Reflection’#edcmooc’

The four short films.


1. Bendito Machine III


The ecological & social implications of obsession on technology: we are in thrall to technological changes The film’s characters seem to have no choice. Continue reading

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Nov 11

Can the rise of online learning in universities reveal what awaits secondary schools? #edcmooc

It is not often that a fifteen year old article addressing future technological impacts is as prescient as David Noble’s 1998 article “Digital diploma mills: The automation of higher education.” It presents a clear example of why we need to approach and implement digital “solutions” with our eyes wide open to costs as well as benefits.

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Nov 11

My Students’ First Reactions to the #EDCMOOC

As I discussed in my last post, I am teaching a blended or hybrid MOOC, where I use the #EDCMOOC as material for an onground course on Writing for the Web. Because the onground course requires a discussion of values, the MOOC topics fit well, and build on issues that we have been discussing all semester in the class.

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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 Take Two,

So after a horrendous day I came home and started on the first weeks course materials watching the intro and then the  first two movies, if I wasn’t depressed before I sat down I certainly was by the end of the first movie… For me it pointed to all that is wrong with our world and our interactions with technology where people now are slaves to their phones and IPads, Facebook and Twitter accounts.

I find that city people are the worst they live closest together geographically and you would think they would want a little space, but you trying having a coffee with a city person and they are bound to take at least one phone call or text, if not more,  while they are with you…. Continue reading

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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

New MOOC – E-learning and digital cultures #edcmooc

A few months ago, I took my first MOOC: Fundamentos de la escritura en español. I loved it and soon signed up for another: Social Psychology. And then for Learning to Teach Online, The Science of Happiness, Inspiring Leadership through Emotional Intelligence and most recently, for E-Learning and Digital Cultures (EDCMOOC). Continue reading

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Nov 09

#edcmooc Bendito Machine III

This video has really amazed me, there are so many things to interpret from it but which it is really funny is the fact that we as humans are involved in so many habits that we do not really see until something or someone points it out. Great to discuss about it in order to raise conciousness about our daily motivation to get involved in activities.

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Nov 09

NEW MEDIA #EDCMOOC

What it is constant in this films is the perception of technology as a medium of destruction of humanity but is it real? Why don`t show how technology contributes to educate people as in our case that we are sharing knowledge and being able to learn and update ourselves?

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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

Utopias and Dystopias #edcmooc

In week one of the EDC MOOC, we’ve been given four short films to watch, under the theme Utopias and Dystopias. 

I’m not going to go into the films in depth as I imagine that pretty much anyone who finds their way to my blog is going to have come from the MOOC, but they were pretty deep and overall pretty dystopian. 

This was a real departure from the other MOOCs I’ve done so far – there was no ‘taught’ input as such, no video lectures, just the films and some readings. Continue reading

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Nov 09

Twitter was one technology too much for me….I…

Twitter was one technology too much for me….I thought I had it alllll under control.  I was that student with the “I want to be on top of it all” attitude that I now, in retrospect following reading the course guide, KNOW I should have read first AND adhered to. Continue reading

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Nov 09

#edcmooc Some examples of cinematographic Dystopia

Last Monday I started out the course, “E-Learning and Digital Cultures”, an interesting Mooc from Edinburgh University, that explores the connections between education, learning and digital cultures.

One of the main topics of this first week focuses on the Utopic/Distopic visions on technological progress. Continue reading

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Nov 09

My Blended/Hybrid Class #EDCMOOC

I’m finally getting around to posting my first thoughts on what’s happening in the #EDCMOOC.

I have a particular take on this MOOC, and while I hope to comment here about the course material, I am just as likely to comment on how I am using it with my own students. Continue reading

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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 09

Online Quest#edcmooc

So I have signed up for my first Coursera online mooc, I have done a couple through Edx so I am not completely unfamiliar with online learning, however I am still a newbie with digital platform this and digital platform that, which is why I signed up for this unit;  I want to understand this brave new world and mine information out of it to build a better library  in our small rural community.

I like technology as a tool I don’t want to spend hours playing with it I simply want to understand it, use it and walk away, trouble is  I learn best through immersion methods which means to start with I do have to spend a fair junk of time with something before I can swing it, not a big deal for one new idea or device , however IT is constantly growing, like the “1950’s Blob” where do you draw the line???????? Continue reading

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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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