Deze week heb ik me aangemeld voor een cursus van Coursera: E-learning and Digital Cultures. This course will explore how digital cultures and learning cultures connect, and what this means for e-learning theory and practice. Follow this course at #edcmooc. Continue reading
I’m impressed and somewhat overwhelmed by the amount of social networking going on before #edcmooc has even started. It’s hard to know where the activity is going to happen most but I guess I’ll just join the lot and all will settle down or ramp up as the weeks unfold. I’ve yet to discover a thread of activity that’s sparking my interest as most posts are much like this first one of mine – administrative reflection and questions about where and what and how. Continue reading
Here, there is a list of the blogs from the rest of students of this course. You can look through them!
I am currently engaged in the interesting world of utopian and dystopian representations of technology as part of the University of Edinburgh’s ‘E-learning and Digital Cultures’ MOOC [#edcmooc].
A thought occurred to me in relation to the representation of the dystopian view and its general concentration in post-industrial urban environments. Continue reading
I have been watching the video Bendito Machine III on YouTube about a man who received a machine as gift on the top of a mountain. The gift shows to be a TV and the population in the film admires the machine as some kind of God, a religion. They immediately get rid of the old Golden Bull that was seen as their God. Continue reading
I listened to an interview with Greg Whitby (author of Educating Gen Wi-Fi) this morning on Australian ABC Radio speak about the need for educators to “rethink everything they have been taught, including their own role as the sole authority…….no longer a wrong or right way to learn, no longer a single model of teaching, not even a familiar classroom environment“
If the ‘kaboom! Continue reading
Here are some notes, links, conversations, thoughts, and reflections on the first week of the University of Edinburgh / Cousera ‘eLearning and Digital Cultures’ MOOC. This reflection will form part of the work required by the MOOC as well as reflections on the processes and Coursera system itself.
Inbox is the third film I have watched for the E-Learning and Digital Cultures MOOC #edcmooc
This week has been quite interesting. Lots of amazing topics brought back to me that I have been thinking or discussing with my friends or colleagues in past months – or maybe years.
And of course, the #edcmooc has started and it is the week1 first post. Continue reading
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I really like this film, not sure why since at first it seemd so bleak and definitely “end of the world-ish”. Reminiscent of H G Wells’ War of the Worlds “walkers”, that lumber ominously across desolate landscape, these giant metal structures/creatures float in the sky like giant jellyfish. Continue reading
On a re-read just seems to underline my decidedly scatty attention span…
When it comes to using new technologies in Educations, many positive things emerge. There will be more ways to engage the students in the learning process. Continue reading
It is day one of EDCMOOC and there is so much to see and do. With more than 260,000 participants it is hard to comprehend how such a large course could function. Continue reading
Our first film to watch is Bendito Machine III. Now those of you who know me will know that this type of animation doesn’t really appeal to me. Continue reading
I just watched the short film Bendito Machine III as part of #edcmooc .
I am not going to write an essay, but I will address the questions that have been put to us to consider.
I purposefully have not researched the background of the film, so as to not sway my thinking. Continue reading
Just watched this quirky film as part of #EDCMOOC. It starts off slow but hang in there it gets better and the message will soon become clear. Continue reading
I decided to watch New Media second in the film festival for Week 1 of #edcmooc.
There is a lot of talk in the #edcmooc of us being addicted to technology.
So begins week one of the EDC course. I’m in the middle of designing a short presentation to other Digital Immigrants about Integrating digital and web technology into their traditional classrooms. I need to read the Week 1 course notes on Utopia and Dystopia and start reflecting… Continue reading
#edcmooc Inbox – Short Film
Can you really get to know someone online? This is a question that arises often. Continue reading
After watching the previous video I was wondering what the research said about the use of emoticons, which are clearly the secondary language of chat. We use them to infuse some tone and personality into our messages since those aspects are lacking from purely written communications that are intended to replicate dialog. But do they really influence the reader? Continue reading
Spoiler Alert – #EDCMOOC people if you havent seen this weeks films you should probably not read this yet – go watch the films, they are fun, will take you 20 minutes, then come back here
The film Bendito Machine III has a strong sense of technological determinism about it, the technology is clearly seen as the dominant or defining force in the lives of the characters. Continue reading
There’s currently a lot of “strong” technological determinism in education – telling us that facebook and ‘academic twitter’, google docs, tumblr, flikr, mahara or ‘the latest thing’ are the way we ‘must’ Teach and Learn, telling us that technology is “The Way”, rather than “a way”. Many academics are bemoaning poor technological uptake amongst their peers, resistance to change, or give out about ‘people not using the software to its full potential’. In reality, most humans are already conducting what MIT’s Peter Lunenfeld calls ‘Info Triage’ – in an attempt to manage precious time, live human lives and protect their fragile brains against infodump overload. Continue reading
The learner experience within the MOOC is rather like waking up in a learning storm. It’s a threatening, cacophonous, attention-grabbing, clattering synchronous space, very different to our notions of a ‘conventional’ learning space, even a ‘conventional e-learning space’. This is more like ‘academic facebook/discussion boards/twitter’ – all at the same time. Continue reading
I’ve been reading the core assigned article for this week’s #edcmooc,Technological or Media Determinism by Daniel Chandler and, buzzword bingo aside, found it quite interesting.
The article is looking into the theory set of ‘determinism’ – technological, media, linguistic, and a couple of others thrown in for good luck and a bit of illustration. Continue reading
Connectivist Learning: course Prerequisites:
your own device, internet connection, oxytocin and adrenaline
I love new things and I am characteristically looking toward the future (as my last post would indicate), so my journey this week through old websites of mine through the Wayback Machine was very unusual. This all began when I started thinking about “my place in cyberspace” while preparing for blogging about my experiences in E-learning and Digital Cultures.
One of the great joys of participating in edcmooc and etmooc is reading everyone’s blogs. I’m an avid reader, a voracious learner and often lose myself for hours, completely immersed in everyone else’s thoughts (usually way past midnight). One of the topical themes this week is digital identity (springing forth from etmooc) and there are no shortage of links on twitter to a range of publications on the peculiar ways our many different personas come to life in this curious space. Continue reading
What better way to spend a Saturday night?
Between 9:30 and 10:30, the first twitter chat took place for #edcmooc participants. Continue reading
This month has been extremly busy for me. I am very conscious that the #edcmooc starts on Monday (28th) and of the need to keep up to date with what is happening.
Digital Culture is like one of those Wheres Wally? drawings. There is so much going on. Continue reading
Finally… oh wait, no, it has not started officially yet. But it is officially announced that #edcmooc will start later tonight. Continue reading
Nitty gritty time! I started this morning at 7.30am with a list of SIX things I needed to do before school starts tomorrow. Continue reading
Well, after watching all four videos, it got me thinking about other ways that technology is portrayed in films, television, and books. I can think of two dystopian titles right now, but I might add more as they come to me.
The Matrix Films
Now this one is kind of a gimme. Continue reading
So, I have finally started! Just read through all the course information and had a moment of rising panic as the Tweets rolled round to the left of the page as I tried to concentrate! Continue reading
Things I’ve done so far:
Firstly, I watched the 4 short clips. Continue reading
So, I just looked at my Coursera site for E-Learning and Digital Technology #Edcmooc and I am feeling totally overwhelmed but really impressed. I wanted to get a few initial thoughts and impressions down before I start the readings and videos.
First, I can’t help compare this to our Blackboard courses at my institution and it makes the Blackboard experience look so sad. Continue reading
I never intended to sign up for two courses at the same time, but I was simply unable to choose once I had read the course descriptions. Continue reading
What people often learn about me is that in person and online, I tend to be a very shy person, despite the fact that a lot of my interests kind of put me “out there” such as blog writing and teaching. For some reason I feel comfortable addressing a large audience, but when it comes to one on one interaction I sometimes have problems making connections because I want to shrink into myself and just hide.
The chat was not much different, except that I was probably a little more active than I usually am in these things. Continue reading
|Global warming candle for Earth Hour|
Very clever, the course is meant to start at the end of January, and here we all are, engaged and establishing our online community more than two months before we “start”! I’m going to use this blog to keep a record of my personal notes and lessons and perhaps there is something useful here for others as well. New learning means joining the dots yourself, working out how to use tools and information others (both teachers and students) make available through all these different platforms we are exploring. Continue reading
I’ve been trying to think of a way to share all EDCMOOC links on one platform. I thought of storify, and I’m not sure this is the best way, however, it does seem to work. If you haven’t encountered storify before, its a platform that lets you create a story or narrative using posts from various social networking sites, including images and video. Continue reading
E-Learning and Digital Cultures: How to make a sketch movie: For those of you who have asked how to make a sketch movie like the one in my Initial thoughts and feelings post, here it is: I c…
Thanks to Kyle Bettley for sharing his movie making skills:
I have spent the past week trawling through the EDCMOOC Google site and checking out the comments, places and blogs of other participants. The number of participants is already a little overwhelming and I am sure it will continue to grow as there is still more than 2 months before the course actually begins. I am, however, grateful for this lead in time as I feel I will need it to become familiar and comfortable with the social media services we are being encouraged to use. Continue reading
I discovered the edcmooc facebook group today and am now waiting to be added, hope I clicked the right button! I have subscribed to the twitter group but have not yet been added as a member so I am hoping for more success on Facebook. My preference is for Facebook over Twitter but maybe that is just because I am more familiar with it. Continue reading
Hmm,,My name’s Mohammed Shehata. I am an English teacher. I am from Egypt but now I am living in KSA where I work as a language trainer. Continue reading