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

#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

Change comes hard – hmmm…

“So will the colleges and universities refusing to go online be able to save themselves? Yes, as long as these colleges realize the trend toward online learning has too much momentum to be stopped, and they work quickly to put original courses, worthy of their coveted brand names, on the web.”

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Nov 09

There is no spoon….#edcmooc

This week’s topic in #edcmooc is about utopia or distopia created by technology.  We were to watch a series of short videos on technology taking over the world, connecting people or allowing a distopia of disconnect.  Movies that come to mind when thinking of this topic include the most recent Hunger Games and Divergent series. Continue reading
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Nov 09

Access for all? Technology and impoverished countries #edcmooc

I have a deep love of Africa, and I have lived in Africa for 9 years (2 years in Niger, 2 years in Gabon, and 5 years in Burkina Faso). I see technology as being a fantastic opportunity to improve the financial and political situations of millions of people. Most of Africa skipped over land line phones and went straight to cell phones. Continue reading

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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 07

Artifact or Artefact? #edcmooc

The Rift

I made a very interesting assumption back on Monday when I read I would be tasked with the creation of a Digital Artefact. I just assumed that Artefact was just the way the Scotts spelled Artifact.

This morning I performed a search for the term “Digital Artifact” and was very surprised by the result. Continue reading

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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…Read more A Late Start, But Here I Am #edcmooc #edcmoocrocks

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Nov 07

Discovering Your Ignorance #EDCMOOC #EDCMOOCROCKS

This post was published by me here, earlier this morning The more we learn, the more we discover about the extent of our ignorance.  This is an undeniable fact. Till the time one does not try something new, one has no idea how much he /she does NOT know about it, and yes, it is…Read more Discovering Your Ignorance #EDCMOOC #EDCMOOCROCKS

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Nov 06

Bendito’s Machine III, weird but wonderful!! #edcmooc

Well this is the first week of my ELearning and Digital Cultures MOOC with the University of Edinburgh and so far so good. I’ve read a number of articles regarding MOOC’s but never joined one until now.

I’d read stories of MOOC’s being chaotic and unorganised but I feel that so far this MOOC is anything but, it’s organised and well structured (let’s see how the Google Hangout goes at the end of the week). 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

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

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

If this film from the #EDCMOOC wiki wasn’t called “New Media” I would not have made the link between it and the effect of technology on humanity – I would, instead, have made a “War of the Worlds” link and assumed it was about the dominance of one civilisation over another. If the film really is about technology, then it’s a very dark picture indeed, and not one I want to contemplate. Continue reading

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Nov 06

Newmedia

Wow – scary. Technology has taken over and man does not seem to know or care. Man is listening to some form of entertainment while the technology invades space with no respect for beauty, architecture or other items. Continue reading

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Nov 06

Getting started at #edcmooc

Very excited to join my first MOOC and trying to figure out where to go and what to read/see to have the best possible experience. I love content – usually the more the better – so my biggest challenge will probably be to align the time I have with all the stuff that exists out there.

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Nov 06

A utopian view of education from 1977… #edcmooc

Christopher Alexander is an architect and his manifesto is a 3-part series that focuses on patterns. These patterns form the basis for individuals, not experts, to design healthy communities and homes. I requested book 2, A Pattern Language sometime ago from the Sacramento library. 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 06

INTO THE PAST

                               

#edcmooc        WEEK 1 


                                      INTO THE  PAST 
   I remember reading  Asimov’s  science fiction short story  ” The fun they had” and how I felt: the children  must have   felt lonely when they had to work on their own and worked on a machine and there was no school and no teachers!! I was only a student  at that time  but  today as  a teacher I like to read this short story with my students  because it describes today’s world in education in some way and I like them to think about the main differences between now and  the time I went to school forty years ago. Yet, I feel technology can be positive. 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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Nov 06

My digital artefact #edcmooc

This is the first time I take #edcmooc although I’m not brand-new in e-Leaning. After finishing my degree in Philosophy, I did a PhD in e-Learning, what really caught my attention was not the learning part but the how-to-teach-through-eLearning side of it.

I hope we all learn a huge lot and we enrich ourselves with others’ knowledge. Continue reading

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Nov 06

First Blog post and reason why

Hello and Welcome to my blog.  I’ve dabbled in writing blogs before but have always felt I need a purpose or direction for a blog and also some time!!

Anyway I’ve started this one for a new MOOC I’m looking at for E-learning and Digital Cultures with University of Edinburgh. Continue reading

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Nov 05

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#edcmooc People are discussing about  MOOCs and on line  education  and  so I am getting into  the topic with this course on line. 



                            
3rd November  2014


Getting started!

There’s something new in the air, it is a new online course , or  MOOC  about  E-learning and Digital Culture. 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

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

#edcmooc

Hola!! a todos inicio de participación, bienvenidos en español!!!

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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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Nov 05

Documentary titled All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace…

Documentary titled All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace has been a side viewing to my readings and viewings on the #edcmooc course.

Very much enjoyed the conciseness of this video and the notion of a small power minority in society protect themselves, at the cost of the majority, while experimenting and believing in the computer as a way to balance economies. Continue reading

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Nov 04

Return To The (Flipped) Classroom #edcmooc

Today sees the start of my E-Learning and Digital Cultures Mooc and I’m really looking forward to the adventure. The topic for Block One is an exploration of ‘Utopias and Dystopias’ – more of that later – but this morning I have been watching some introductory video clips about the course and about the nature of Moocs themselves, which is one of my main motivations for enrolling on the course, to explore what the future of ‘formal’ education looks like, and whether it has  a future at all! The concept of the ‘flipped classroom’ is one which I have discussed before on the blog (see Flipping Socrates), so my curiosity was aroused again by this Ted talk from Anant Agarwal of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the growth of online courses. Continue reading

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Nov 04

#edcmooc – Early thoughts

My experience in studying elearning has been interesting but non-productive to date.  Having failed to introduce ICT and elearning successfully while volunteering at a school in Tanzania, my ambition has been to find out how to succeed.  However, most of my study so far has focused on Higher Education rather than schools or required a level of teaching experience which I don’t have. Continue reading

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Nov 04

Post #1

OK, at the grand old age of 46, I finally have a blogging space in/on <never sure which to use> the web.  

I’m setting this up primarily to participate in #EDCMOOC from University of Edinburgh, starting today, where for the next few weeks I’ll be exploring the topics of eLearning and Digital Cultures with students from across the globe.

Why #EDCMOOC ???? Continue reading

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Nov 04

And so to MOOC

One of the things I’m most looking forward to as I take part in the #EDCMOOC is reading other people’s blog posts and getting to know who there is out there who is writing interesting and intelligent posts about elearning.  As for me – this is a bit of an empty blog so far – set up solely for the purpose of participation – so nothing interesting or intelligent from me yet!

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Nov 04

At first glance this film is very appealing – the relationship that builds up between the two main…

At first glance this film is very appealing – the relationship that builds up between the two main characters is very cute, and it all seems to end very well.  At the same time, however, I felt quite disturbed by the “magic” red bags – it felt too easy for the connection to happen, and I thought it was interesting that the very first exchange was of something very personal and intimate in both cases. Continue reading

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Nov 04

E-Learning and Digital Cultures #edcmooc

Glad to be part of the E-Learning and Digital Cultures MOOC, from the University of Edinburgh. I’m looking forward to exercising my brain and learning something new.

I hope I can take something of what I learn into my work as an English teacher in the technology rich environment of our college. Continue reading

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Nov 04

The Mooc is on

Here I am engaged in a new adventure. 



I am a believer in the potential and power of the internet, tough I am well aware that I have a lot to learn. this is the main reason that has made me an explorer of MOOCs. Continue reading
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Nov 03

Let the mooc begin!

I’m hoping to immerse myself in the learning these next few weeks – not quite sure what to expect yet, but I hope to connect with people and find out some relevant info that will help with my job and help me to see things in a new way. #edcmooc

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Nov 03

Who’s afraid of the big, bad #EDCMOOC ?

Does ‘the vigilance of intersecting gazes’ (Foucault) mean that MOOCs disempower?  Hyper-visibility of our exchanges where we don’t always know who, if anyone is reading our posts may mean that the consciousness of the gaze of others makes us self-censor more than in other media. New technologies are  frequently represented as bringing equality, opportunity, liberation and untrammelled good. Continue reading

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Nov 03

Who’s afraid of the big, bad MOOC? #EDCMOOC

Does ‘the vigilance of intersecting gazes’ (Foucault) mean that MOOCs disempower?  Hyper-visibility of our exchanges where we don’t always know who, if anyone is reading our posts may mean that the consciousness of the gaze of others makes us self-censor more than in other media. New technologies are  frequently represented as bringing equality, opportunity, liberation and untrammelled good. Continue reading

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Aug 14

Learning on a local and global scale

This is the first week of a new MOOC (Massively Open Online Course) on coursera.org, E-learning and Digital Cultures (edcmooc) organised by the team who run the MSc on E-learning and distance education at the University of Edinburgh. So far the experience has been stimulating, exciting and just a little overwhelming. Continue reading

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Jan 26

Plumbing, Pedagogy, Policy, Personalised Learning and ePortfolios

Calman Learning Centre, Durham
Calman Learning Centre, Durham

Earlier this month I attended (and presented at) the Durham Blackboard Users’ Conference. This was my fourth time to attend the conference, which is always a very valuable event, particularly at the start of the new year. This year’s event was no exception. Continue reading

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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 08

Fraingers in the Night #edcmooc – Sunset Observer #23…by Whitney Farmer – Un Pop Culture | @MDWorld

It wasn’t a diplomatic crisis, but technically it was an international incident.

The last live hangout for the online class “E-Learning and Digital Cultures” had to be scheduled to start at 10 a.m. instead of at 4:00 p.m. to accommodate graduation ceremonies. But since the class is being given by the University of Edinburgh which is located Greenwich Mean Time and not Pacific Standard Time, this meant a start time of 2:00 a.m. for me. On Friday. With Thanksgiving turkey still in my belly.

I stayed quiet throughout the session because of being intoxicated by tryptophan. For a brief moment, I dozed. But I woke up in time to hear a discussion of a new word that had been coined by Ary Aranguiz, a MOOC Community Teaching Assistant.

The word was a combination of identities that arguably all who spend an appreciable amount of time communicating online will understand. We are ‘strangers’ and yet we become ‘friends’. We could be sitting next to someone in a coffee shop who we have instant messaged the choicest details of our lives, and yet we don’t even recognize them unless their avatar is a really accurate photo. But no one posts accurate photos.

The next day after the sun arose, I incorporated the word ‘franger’ into my academic communications. I am determined to be an early adopter and to not settle for being roadkill on the information highway. And I wanted to be part of a global effort to change the English language in the same way that ‘humongous’ and ‘gnarly’ have.

Within a couple of hours, I received a message from Angela Towndrow, another CTA who is based in Australia. Angela gently let me know that I was spelling the newly minted word incorrectly. She said that the way I was spelling it meant something quite different in Australia. Almost simultaneously, I was messaged by Ary as well.

Ary wrote that it was meant to be FRAINGER, not FRANGER as I had been calling everyone on two hemispheres. In Australia, the word ‘franger’ means ‘condom’.

Out of 23,000 people who are registered in this class, I have been noticed. Fairly soon after that, I finally got more followers on Twitter than my bird Mia.

I sent out the mea culpa into cyberspace and was glad to hear that I was already being given grace, including by Andy Mitchell. From Andy I had learned that clubs not only refer to mosh pits and green rooms but also to certain sports wherein grown men wear knee highs.

One difference between being humbled – a good thing – and being humiliated – a bad thing – is laughter. I got skooled, to use our vernacular, and my laughter keeps bubbling up and improving parts of my day that have no connection to my midnightly academic adventures. An important hope in my life is that I will always have the power to learn, and part of this is to be wary of allowing pride to enter into my decisions and close the door to new paths in my promised land. If I am convinced that my way or former ways are best, learning dies. And soon afterwards, creativity follows the slide into the grave. Being humble allows us the capacity to learn…which conveys flexibility…which accelerates the efficiency of transmissions between our dendrites…which ignites creativity in a beneficial viral geometric progression…which leads to increased skill acquisition…which leads to the time when things get fun.

This was something that I saw first at the Club – the one with moshpits and no knee-highs. One night we had a sold-out show with a huge backup at the front door because the type of music that night required additional security procedures. Our procedure had been to have Will Call pickup at the box office window and then the security line. From what I could see, it would take an hour…Wanting to keep people happy, I shouted to the crowd for anyone who had ticket confirmations to hold them up. My plan was to walk through the crowd, check IDs, distribute Will Call tickets, and then direct them to the security line. Expecting sheets of paper to be waved at me, I was surprised to see the glow of smartphones being held up like flowers blooming up from a Goth landscape. 15 seconds later, I had gotten skooled. I walked through the crowd, incorporating the new technology in order to improve our operations. It hadn’t been my idea, but it was a good idea.

Everyone walks like a toddler into new territory. But the more we walk, the more balance and strength come to us. And seemingly without hope, success can follow.

Remember the design contest for the class that I wrote about in the last blog? With 22,000 people enrolled, I was one of five winners. I won an art contest…Able to draw only Batman stick figure renditions, by God I am learning how to click buttons.

Now as I am finishing up my coursework, I am awaiting the delivery of my Major Award for the contest with the pensive passion of Ralphie’s dad in “A Christmas Story”.

It will be fra-GEE-lay, from Scotland and not Italy, but not, “…electric sex in the window…” as Ralphie described his dad’s lamp when it finally arrived. It’s a Christmas ornament.

As such, it will dangle beneath the conifer.

NEXT TIME: Ummm…Hmmm

Photo courtesy of Bob Stepno via tweet from #bobstep to Dr. Hamish Macleod of University of Edinburgh who retweeted it to his #edcmooc followers.

NOTE: The following is a link to my final project – a digital artefact/artifact – that will be part of my class assessment. I have also included below the description of my method from the “About” section on the link. Comic book cognizanti, be nice if at all possible, but I want so much to hear your assessment:

http://farmerwhitney.wordpress.com/

This 12-panel graphic story is designed – rather than to reflect on e-learning and digital cultures – to demonstrate the concepts and methods that have been introduced to the #edcmooc class by launching a real project.

The Gypsy students and community in Le Gua who are referenced in the story have invited our team over the last four years to come alongside them in providing education. Our shared goal is to provide alternate ways to learn for a nomadic people who through various reasons have not enjoyed sustained access to the traditional education structure.

Despite a high rate of illiteracy, digital technology – perhaps because of its successful use of icons – is enthusiastically adopted, (see Lili Rose using a smartphone on Page 8). I selected images sizes that are best suited to smartphone scrolling, their most common form of content delivery.

Animals were incorporated into the story anthropomorphically as a method of observing both the emergent digital culture and the ancient Gypsy/Roma culture simultaneously with the eyes trained through different cultures(s).

Pictures of the camp were processed digitally as a basis for the images to hopefully create compelling enthusiasm for these young ones to engage in reading. A comics-based format was used because of the established success of this method that blends visual and textual content to enhance literacy acquisition.

The term ‘Gypsy’ is used intentionally. It is what they asked me to call them and what they call themselves. To this group, it is not pejorative but a term of honor. As such, I capitalize this always.

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Dec 08

#EDCMOOC Artifact: Tackling the Digital Divide via my Smartphone

We are already living in a Knowledge Economy and technology is advancing at a rate few can keep up with. No one can truly predict how today’s technology will change the future for our children.  There is a digital divide…and it is up to us to decide which side of it our children and grandchildren […]

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Dec 07

Crowdsourcing the PhD search…

Since I have a captive, in a sense, audience, I thought I would use the power of the crowd to help me identify a suitable PhD program for myself :)

Now, over the years I’ve been thinking about pursuing a PhD, but a sage mentor once told me that I should take at least a year break from school before making any decisions.  Essentially clear the head out, think about what I like to do, and then think about what PhD program might be most appropriate for me.  Well, it’s been four years, and I’ve already made a few excel spreadsheets with potential programs, but they all fall short in some way shape or form, usually the main issue is financial ;-)  So, I thought I would tap into the wisdom of the crowds on the web, on #edcmooc, and people following the Sloan Consortium to see what you all think about my (potentially unreasonable) conditions for the “perfect” PhD program; it can be an EdD too – PhD is just short-hand for the purposes of this post. Continue reading

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Dec 07

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Jeeves will point you to the right discussion forum

A couple of years ago when I was putting pen to paper and I was working on my Academic Check-ins paper I was doing some more research into recommender systems, you know the systems like the ones that they have on Amazon.com and Netflix whereby if you rate a certain product in a certain way, or if you view certain products, more recommendations come up based on your usage pattern of the system.

Now, those systems aren’t perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but they can serve as ways of finding some diamond in the rough that you didn’t know exist. Continue reading

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Dec 05

artefact_ago #edcmooc

This artefact is another one attempt of my final assignment to the E-learning and Digital Cultures course ( coursera.org )
Not so perfect result (i would call it terrible)). It's better to keep the first simple version – just static slides: http://www. Continue reading
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Dec 04

#edcmooc Communication technology (the artefact)

I found it really difficult to create my digital artifact  I’ve been blown away by the whole edcmooc things. There have been many interesting themes, running through the course “E-learning and Digital Cultures”. The important thing for me is writing blogs, because I’ve never done it before. Continue reading
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