Jan 31

Beginning #edcmooc

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

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Jan 31

Technology in education – Utopia or Dystopia? [#EDCMOOC]

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Technological Dystopia – an urban phenomenon?

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

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Jan 31

Let’s worship technology

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

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Jan 31

‘Kaboom’ on its way

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

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Jan 31

Reflection on the ‘eLearning and Digital Cultures’ MOOC, Wk.1 #edcmooc

EDCMOOCHere 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.

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Jan 31

Inbox

Inbox is the third film I have watched for the E-Learning and Digital Cultures MOOC #edcmooc

The question posed by our course leaders is:
“Depending on how you interpret the relationship between the two main characters, and the ending, you might argue that this is a utopian account, or a dystopian one – what do you think, and why?”
Firstly, I would like to state that in all cases, the dichotomy of utopia and dystopia annoys me.
There are varying degrees and contexts that must be considered. Continue reading
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Jan 31

The #EDCMOOC ‘s Word to the World Governments

Here are few words I wish we can spread them as far as we all can.  I can write thousands of words about this topic;however, I am going to be brief to be read.

This kind of MOOCs gather people who come from different cultures, speak different languages, have different believes, and have different colours! Continue reading
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Jan 31

The medium is the "Message vs. Massage" #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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Jan 31

Thursday

The final film I have viewed for Week 1 of #edcmooc is Thursday.

Once again, I am not going to compose a massive essay… If I did that for every stimulus in the course I would be here forever! Continue reading
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Jan 31

#edcmooc New Media

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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

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Jan 30

Inbox – Utopian or Dystopian?

  I’m writing this post to answer Jeremy Knox’s question:”What kind of educational debates can we draw associations with here after watching the short film The Inbox ?”

     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
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Jan 30

Bendito Machine III

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

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Jan 30

New Media

I decided to watch New Media second in the film festival for Week 1 of #edcmooc.

I chose to jump to New Media second as the guiding question was:

What similarities and differences can you identify between Bendito Machine III and New Media?

On first viewing I did not immediately see any clear similarities between the two films. Continue reading

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Jan 30

Addicted to Technology?

There is a lot of talk in the #edcmooc of us being addicted to technology.

Is it that ALL technology is addictive? Or are people more prone to be addicted to communications technologies? Continue reading
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Jan 30

More new tools

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

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Jan 30

#edcmooc Different language, same meaning

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

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Jan 30

Week 1 #EDCMOOC – My thoughts on the videos

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 :)

 
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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

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Jan 30

edcmooc – Technological Determinism in Education

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

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Jan 30

edcmooc – The Disruptive Education Learning Experience

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

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Jan 30

Determining Determinism

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

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Jan 28

Our Chemical Selves: The Biology of Connectivism

 Connectivist Learning: course Prerequisites: 

your own device, internet connection, oxytocin and adrenaline

This is my last post before the edcMOOC course starts tomorrow. Through this blog, I’ve been living out the connectivist experience of not one, but two MOOCS, both which are experimental in the connectivist “genre”.
According to the good folk at ETMOOC, the key principles in the design of such a MOOC are:
•  The course is developed with a weak ‘centre’. Continue reading
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Jan 28

Going Back in Time with the Wayback Machine for #edcmooc

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.

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Jan 28

Lost In Translation: Understanding Digital Identity and Connection

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

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Jan 28

Utopian Vs. Dystopian

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

 Dystopian

Now this one is kind of a gimme. Continue reading

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Jan 28

#Edcmooc Day 1

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Shiny things

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

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Jan 28

#EDCMOOC 20 Minutes Into The Future: Three Dystopic Moments and One Prime-Time TV Show

20 Minutes Into The Future:
Three Dystopic Moments and One Prime-Time TV Show




Hand and Sandywell’s description in “E-topia as Cosmopolis or Citadel” of three “mutually reinforcing” dystopic moments (202) brought to mind an episode of a classic 80s television program which I feel could be beneficial for the discussion of digital cultures and e-learning. This program is the much revered Max Headroom and the episode in question is called “Lessons”.
There’s nothing subtle about this episode – the connection is clear – but I am haunted by its prophetic nature. Continue reading
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Jan 28

#EDCMOOC Day 1

Today is our first day in #EDCMOOC and if you ask me who do I feel. I will just say excited and overwhelmed!! 

Things I’ve done so far:

Firstly, I watched the 4 short clips. Continue reading
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Jan 28

So, I just looked at my Coursera site for…

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

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Jan 28

The day of reckoning has arrived and – I choose … both! #edcmooc #introphil

My two Coursera MOOCs from the University of Edinburgh, Introduction to Philosophy and E-Learning and Digital Cultures, are now open, and they are BOTH fascinating.

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

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Jan 27

The First Chat

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

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Jan 26

Lesson 1: Be prepared!

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

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Jan 26

Storify, a way to share links in one place?

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

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Jan 26

One week in – even though we haven’t started

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

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Jan 26

Not yet convinced about Twitter

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

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Jan 26

What’s the objective?

Hi again, 
 I am so excited about the whole idea of this edcmooc. You know, reading all of these blog posts  and networking with professional via Twitter and Facebook. Continue reading

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Jan 26

A Revolution Is Needed!

Salam Alykum everyone,
Peace be upon you :)

I was thinking of something crazy, and I decided to share it with you. For how long many teachers will have to keep their desire to teach digitally deep inside themselves without being given the chance to utilize it?!! 

 As for me (I have worked in Egypt and UAE,and now I’m working in KSA) whenever I try to mention using social networking sites,Youtube,virtual teaching,.. Continue reading

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Jan 26

Pre-reading for the #EDCMOOC

I was just reviewing the two articles (Welcome to Cyberia: Notes on the Anthropology of Cyberculture and Cyborg literacies and the posthuman text) currently in the suggested reading section of #EDCMOOC which already has a good deal of activity ramping up. I’m looking forward to seeing where this band of intrepid explorers goes.

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Jan 26

That wasn’t so bad!

You’re never too old to learn!

The start of a new year and time to learn something new! Two months ago I’d never even heard of a MOOC or quadblogging, now here I am about to start my first blog in anticipation of the University of Edinburgh’s Massive Online Open Course on E-learning and Digital Cultures. Continue reading

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Jan 26

Pushing the Envelope


21st century education. It’s as conceptually different from 20th century education as one could imagine. As teachers, we are preparing our students to learn and function in a world which is experiencing rapid change, a big part of which is revealed through the virtual environment. Continue reading

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Jan 26

#edcmooc A short introduction…

Just a brief introduction… My name is Daniëlle Verstegen and I am an assistant professor at at the department of educational development and research of the faculty of health, medicine and life sciences of Maastricht University in the Netherlands.

I have a background in learning psychology and cognitive scienc. Continue reading

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Jan 26

Walking the Talking

Whew! I’m not sure what I’ve let myself in for with this Edcmooc for E-Learning and Digital Cultures. I’ve been wriggling around for years trying to get involved in using online and digital media tools for learning and now I’m totally immersed, or will be very soon. Continue reading

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Jan 26

Gearing up for EDCMOOC

EDC_MOOC_logo_1OK, hardly a major task at the moment, which is just as well because I’m quite busy, but I’m just orienting myself with the online channels I’ll be using as a participant in E-Learning and Digital Cultures, a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) run by Coursera in conjunction with Edinburgh University. I’ve fixed up my profile and done the necessary adding on Google+, Facebook and Twitter. I’ve even added myself to the Google Map of the participants. Continue reading

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Jan 26

Quadblogging and RSS feeds

QUADBLOGGING

The idea of a quadblog is for a group of people to write and comment on each other’s blogs. As the name suggests it’s usually 4 people blogging and in our case, it’s 4 classmates from the elearning and digital cultures MOOC . My fellow quadbloggers are: Dan Lemay, Sarah Prentice and Brooke Hessler

Our facebook group for the course is where I first heard of the concept and there I found a useful link that explains the origins and more about quadblogging. Continue reading

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Jan 26

Welcome

This blog is primarily a reflection space for me to discuss and review the materials that I will be learning in a MOOC I am taking through Coursera entitled “E-Learning and Digital Cultures”. 

Last September I was hired as the Learning Technologies Librarian at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (APTS).  Part of my position is to assist faculty in developing and implementing an online learning program. Continue reading

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Jan 26

#edcmooc

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Well, I have taken the plunge and signed up to a Coursera online course called Elearning and Digital Cultures.  I actually signed up back in November but the reality of it has only set in now that I have had a welcoming email, joined the edcmooc FB page, Google+ page and started tweeting with the edcmooc hashtag. Continue reading

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Jan 26

The start

We’ve received a couple of emails reminding and preparing us for the EDCMOOC Coursera course to date, it looks like there are many places we’ll be working, Twitter, Facebook, Blogs, YouTube and Google+ – I hope I can keep up!

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Jan 26

My #edcMOOC Freakout

This is the bit I’m not sure I can cope with. Happily bumbling along with 160 odd pre-edcmoocers when suddenly, with the arrival of an email, it’s 32,000, or maybe even more.  Leaping into the facebook group faster than several of us can click “add”! Continue reading

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Jan 26

MOOC hype

Since I signed up for the #Edcmooc the hype and rhetoric around MOOCs has increased somewhat with cries that ‘HE is failing’ drawing in the venture capitalist and provoking the educators to defend the institution of learning (there are too many sources to name – just Google it). Surely soon the dust will settle; hype will peak and trough; some change will occur – but what this will look like in the next few years is still uncertain.

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Jan 26

Communications Technology and my real world.

I’m slowly sorting through what I want to use for the E-Learning and Digital Cultures course. There has been massive activity on the various social sites, Facebook and Google+ particularly. I’ve managed to RSS feed this blog to the Edcmooc news site and it’s now been converted to Google+ and is auto-uploading to my Google+ page. Continue reading

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Jan 26

What shall we call it?

tagxedoWell, I’m exhausted. I’ve been mooc-hing about the various online and social media manifestations of edcmooc - the E-Learning and Digital Cultures Massive Open Online Course – and I’m beginning to get the idea that this is certainly a massive community. There’s no point in blogging how many people are in on it because by the time I get to the end of the sentence it will have changed again. Continue reading

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Jan 26

The e-Learning and Digital Cultures MOOC

I’ve opened up my blog for the first time in nearly 14 months and the moths are bludgeoning madly towards the nearest source of light, so such an extent that they are blocking the very source of light that I need to write this blog. So, why have I turned to my blog after leaving it in post MSc in e-Learning wilderness?

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Jan 26

Countdown

10 days to the #edcmooc official start, and it is already a lot of activity going on; specially on the facebook group page and G+ page.

It really needs coordination, or maybe the members shall be more patient.

I have registered my tweeter and blogger accounts twice, but there is no sign of them still in the lists. Continue reading

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Jan 26

Limbering up for the #edcmooc 2013 sweepstake

One of the things that I have found to be quite remarkable since signing up for “E-learning and Digital Cultures” Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) with the University of Edinburgh and Coursera is the sheer volume of online pre-course activity that has been generated by the EDC MOOC students – a kind of “limbering up” before the big event if you will. Not only that, there is huge potential and opportunity for what could be described as “Massive Open Online Socialisation (MOOS)”, generating newer and bigger social networks of people that are converging around a course / subject / discipline / interest, etc.

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Jan 26

As things are gearing up for the Coursera MOOC “E-learning…

As things are gearing up for the Coursera MOOC “E-learning and Digital Cultures”, I was reading Chris Swift’s post about what a MOOC looks like and really liked the visual idea of a digital footprint. So I too headed over to tagxedo and ran a wordle of this blog. 

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Jan 26

10 Tools Challenge – #0.5 – P2PU

10 Tools Challenge – #0.5 – P2PU:

Isn’t the Internet fun with all the connections and ideas that bump into one another? I was eager to try Jane Hart’s 10 Tools Challenge and I am also trying out my first online book club, the User Generated Learning Book Club, in which I read about P2PU which stands for Peer 2 Peer University, “a grassroots open education project. Continue reading

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Jan 26

I’m already overwhelmed!

Well, the course hasn’t even started and I’m overwhelmed.  I hope everyone calms down when we have formative activities to complete as I’m having a hard time keeping up :(  It seems to be a theme others are feeling too however so I’m not alone.

I have found a great Google Presentation that I’ll be using as a homepage when I start going mad about where things are. Continue reading

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Jan 26

Enthusiasm and Expectancy for eLearning and Digital Cultures MOOC #edcmooc

Anticipation for the upcoming MOOC “eLearning and Digital Cultures” is almost palpable, and it’s not just down to the massiveness of the course, which has enrolled a staggering 36,000+ up to press. It’s down to all the network-focused pre course activity that’s built up around it.

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Jan 26

How I currently use Twitter for Education

This Summer I became addicted to Twitter.
I originally created an account when I first got an iPad, last Summer. The school I work at had decided to implement 1:1 iPads for students and was piloting the initiative with the Year 9 cohort in 2012. Continue reading
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Jan 26

Gatecrashing a MOOC: #etmooc & #edcmooc

Woah, this was scary but I survived.
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Scenario 1 edcmooc: 

Intro letter in November, course starts January 28, nearly 3 months of student led networking community building, all 150 of us, slowly coevolving together.

Then the next course email and within a week there were 2000 on fb. Continue reading

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Jan 26

#edcmooc First Waves

The very First waves of joy and delight is now settled in the FB, especially for those who has never participated in an on-line course or a MOOC. But the heat is still on over the Google+ pages and Twitter accounts.

I, personally, am not a G+ fan at all, partly because of my first impression, thanks to my friend comments or whatever. Continue reading

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Jan 26

I’m going on an adventure!

Sorry for the geeky reference but thinking of #edcmooc starting so soon (D-4, time flies!), I realise I feel a bit like Bilbo hitting the road for a brand new adventure: like him I have no idea what’s really in store for me but am I ever excited about it! (Let’s just hope my own adventure will be less dangerous and tragic ;-) )

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Jan 26

Why #EDCMOOC will be a success, why I am likely to complete and why (if you are reading this) you probably will as well

How do we know when something using Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is actually going to work?  With experience I would say most of us develop a “Gut instinct” about this but I thought I would try to do something a bit more structured.

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Dec 04

Feeds for Google Alerts

Welcome to this Google Alerts feed! Here you will receive new alerts for your Everything query “edcmooc”. Depending on your query, it might take some time before any items pop up. Go to the Alerts Management console to change the alert query or delete it. Thank you for using Google Alerts.

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