Dec 04

Converting Powerpoint To Video #edcmooc

A post on the #EDCMOOC Facebook book had caught my attention this morning, whereby a member had asked a question concerning Powerpoint. More specifically, the question was about converting a Powerpoint presentation to video, and what tools can be used for doing so. Since I have been using Powerpoint for several years, and have used […]

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Dec 04

Summary: utopias and dystopias, part one. #EDCMOOC

This is the first episode in a short series I'll present on utopias and dystopias. I'm not an "expert" and am simply synthesising materials from webcasts and readings the Electronic and Digital Culture MOOC at the University of Edinburgh has supported.

In addition, a friend recommended I try a course on "Webscience" launched by the University of Southampton through another platform. This sounded like an excellent idea and the second, more traditional format is providing the context I need to make better sense of web "culture" at large.

I hope you enjoy the following tongue-in-cheek article. Please feel free to chip in!

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Utopias' fictional origins
The opposite, but related concepts, “utopia” and “dystopia” keep cropping up in relation to online learning, and are often applied to the medium of the internet in general. Why is …

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Dec 04

Utopia – the fictional/factual exchange (op-ed), part 2 #EDCMOOC

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Below is the second instalment in a week of discussions about utopia and dystopia.

So far, conceptualisations of these two oppositional, but related forces have been foundational to the idea of electronic and digital culture and mass education using its media.

I thought it might be relevant to spend some time thinking about why these descriptors are important before moving on to more difficult course themes. If you feel confused please double back to part one.

Fictional origins
The use of the word “utopia”, derived from Moore’s novel, was related to the growing social-political consciousness of that era. Writing during the English Renaissance, he was a leading intellectual. Literary genres have since picked up his utopic brand of philosophy for pleasure. Science ficti…

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Dec 04

Subjective dystopias (concluding thoughts), part three #EDCMOOC

This is the last of three posts about utopia and dystopia and what they can teach us with regard to the web. If you missed the others, click back and don't mind me starting in the middle!

Sorry if this seems a little heavy. I've been giving a lot of thought to this topic and have had some "interesting" subjective experiences through the internet myself.

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Dystopias
Fictional accounts of dystopia scrutinize technology and arose as a contrast to imaginary visions of utopian paradise. Dystopias marginalize the role of human choice. They tend to showcase what could happen if humans’ conquest of technology were to advance in power beyond any significant limits able to be placed on it.

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Dec 04

Final web composite web artefact

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My final artefact consists of two parts. The first is a webcomic, the second is an audio file offering a commentary on how the comic relates to the course themes of the Electronic and Digital Culture MOOC hosted by the University of Edinburgh and Coursera.

Please click on both links to review my project:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/2jwtv6il4p0a1 … atches.pdf

https://soundcloud.com/courseraproject/edcmoocaudio

It's not necessary, but if you'd like to read about the life behind the comic, you can do so here:
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Dec 04

Week 5 Final Assignment: CyTech Digital Artefact #edcmooc

Firstly, woah, pat on backs all round. This has truly been a wonderful start to my adventures in the MOOC world. While I have been overwhelmed at times, I have truly enjoyed the opportunity to experience the community of a MOOC and the great discussions from such an interesting course. Continue reading

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Dec 04

#edcmooc MY DIGITAL ARTEFACT!

This is it: http://mrl.li/18BApoR

I know I did not use any video edition or did not create a complex digital artefact but I thought that everyone would do such a thing so I decided to use another device: a digital wallpaper. In this kind of device, people can add comments and create a common poster sharing ideas and knowledge. Continue reading

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Dec 03

Missing In Action #edcmooc

Several days have gone by without my having written a single meaningful post on the course material of this week. Not because of lack of inclination but because of paucity of time. As we draw closer to the end of the course, and with the deadline of the artefact looming large, this week I have […]

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Dec 03

Technology In Education – My Digital Artefact For #edcmooc

A few days ago, I posted an article titled The Spinning Coin on this blog, wherein I had shared my view that whether one takes a Utopian view or a Dystopian view of technology, it is a matter of one’s individual perception. My digital artefact for this course is based on the same article. It […]

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Dec 03

Being Natural #edcmooc

At first visuals I thought, I don’t even like tattoos on my body. And to imagine that, to look cool, people would be drawing glowing tattoos freaked me out.
The predictive and remainder gadgets shown are just outstanding. Continue reading
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Dec 03

Reflection on a course E-learning and Digital Culture. #edcmooc

This course gave me a different prospective to think about technology and their future development and implementation. New approach of thinking that I have gotten through this course amazed me, because previously I only was familiar with presentation of  positive aspects in using technology for progress in society.
The structure of the course is excellent. Continue reading

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Dec 03

It’s about time.

There’s a convent in front of my house and they’ve had a charity pre-school for years.

Every now and then since it was put up, I’ve always told myself “I should be volunteering myself in this charity school… duh.. Continue reading

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Dec 03

Week 2 #edcmooc Looking to the Future

The 2 videos “A Day made of Glass” and “Bridging our Future” were intriguing.  Firstly I wondered how these videos were created? How real are they? is this really something happening out there right now – partly or fully? The fx were very convincing to the point of convincing me that this is the “now”.  We know that there are some schools that are using interactive “white boards”, teacher controlled online class delivery, 3d printers, and schools providing every student with an ipad. Wireless throughout the school inside and out, and beyond. There are some spaces in the university I work in that are moving towards this kind of technology driven classroom. But definitely not all spaces and it will be a long time before they are all converted – and the academic teaching staff trained to deliver in this way.  But what about the minority of schools and universities that cannot afford this kind of technology. The schools that have no books, no power – just slates and chalk.  A colleague recently returned from Madagascar, sent boxes of chalk over to her contact there to give to the school near where she was staying.  This was their form of written communication.  So if this is the future, there are going to be many who miss out. The “haves” and “have nots” is definitely reality.

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Dec 03

#edcmooc F2F survival

Just coming in to the final week of this MOOC now and I reflect on how I actually got this far! I had hoped I would finish the course, but was realistic too that it may not happen. In the last 4 weeks – time has flown with an all consuming full time job, family activities and attending a Wagner Ring Cycle (15+hours of opera over 4 performance), plus all the the crazy end of year activities. How have I got this far…

A collegial network. Two other colleagues in my team decided to enrol as well.  We made a pact to meet once a week face to face to discuss the viewing and reading activities.  We allocated these out, so we only had to watch 1 video and read 1 article each.  The hour allocated was adhered to – no-one pulled out.  There was a considered commitment to the “project”. Stimulating discussion and sharing over lunch – away from the office – was productive and effective.  

Thanks fellow MOOCers – you know who you are!

And I can’t wait to share our artifacts this week. Ideas have flowed, but we are working individually on these, so it will be fascinating to see the resulting product.

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Dec 03

Summary: utopias and dystopias, part one. #EDCMOOC

This is the first episode in a short series I'll present on utopias and dystopias. I'm not an "expert" and am simply synthesising materials from webcasts and readings the Electronic and Digital Culture MOOC at the University of Edinburgh has supported.

In addition, a friend recommended I try a course on "Webscience" launched by the University of Portsmouth through another platform. This sounded like an excellent idea and the second, more traditional format is providing the context I need to make better sense of web "culture" at large.

I hope you enjoy the following tongue-in-cheek article. Please feel free to chip in!

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Utopias' fictional origins
The opposite, but related concepts, “utopia” and “dystopia” keep cropping up in relation to online learning, and are often applied to the medium of the internet in general. Why is …

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Dec 03

Utopia – the fictional/factual exchange (op-ed),part 2 #EDCMOOC

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Below is the second instalment in a week of discussions about utopia and dystopia.

So far, conceptualisations of these two oppositional, but related forces have been foundational to the idea of electronic and digital culture and mass education using its media.

I thought it might be relevant to spend some time thinking about why these descriptors are important before moving on to more difficult course themes. If you feel confused please double back to part one.

Fictional origins
The use of the word “utopia” as it was derived from Moore’s novel was related to the growing social-political consciousness of that era. Writing during the English Renaissance, he was a leading intellectual. Literary genres have since picked up his utopic brand of philosophy for pleasure. Science fiction, for example, is a family of books and films through which the idea of ut…

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Dec 03

Graduation and meeting in Second Life

This is a moment of procrastination in my participation in edcmooc. I should plan my digital artefact – all other participants have already done theirs, but I have not even begun mine. So I have to do something else, it’s logical. The impulse to this blog post was Andy Mitchell’s tweet about Edinburgh University’s graduation in the Second Life (SL). Our facilitators, or some of them were going to that graduation yesterday. Here is the link to the YouTube video named School of Education virtual graduation in SL.

SL is similar to  authentic life experiences. Choosing and building an avatar is a touching and important moment. Your personality transfers to your avatar and everything that happens to her, happens to you. I had a long break in my visits to SL, but in honour of this transhumanism week I decided to check if my avatar is still alive and working. So I found myself in eduFinland and flew around there. Then I went to the discussion forums (general discussions> meeting in SL) to write down the landmarks of the Edinburgh University (SL search gave too many possibilities). I transported myself to the given place and began to fly in order to see better. And I saw an avatar walking in a street. I had to stop flying and descend on the ground.

SLedinburghThe avatar was a handsome young man and because I have a ring which shows me the names of avatars in the neighbourhood, I saw that his name was Esko Levee. It was easy to remember that his real name is Esko Lius and he is a participant of edcmooc. I am not sure if we have met f2f in Finland but we knew each other virtually from many Finnish forums.

It felt like a real meeting on the street in Edinburgh University’s SL. When I watched the video of the graduation, I recognised this place there. I have been there! We had a chat discussion in Finnish , my mike is broken and it’s often  better to write in SL, because voice can disturb other avatars. It was night or late evening as you can see.

My appearance in SL comes from the autumn 2007. The avatar is a Japanese young girl and I have not changed it much. I added green hair and I like it. Some T-shirts I’ve got while visiting in different places. I am lazy when it comes to taking care of my appearance and I have forgotten how to do it in the SL. I should do something to my careless appearance but I am not sure if I want to use my time on clothes or hairdressing. I don’t mind such things in real life nor in augmented realities. But there is something in the SL which I love or the little child inside me loves. I love flying and transporting from place to another. This was a nice meeting and the graduation is worth seeing.

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Dec 02

From Being Robotic To Being Human #edcmooc

Read This AT Your Own Risk ! Do you ever feel that you are being controlled by external forces and go through life almost mechanically… working with robotic precision on tasks at hand, without being able to spare much thought on what you are doing ? Two extremely hectic, whirlwind weeks during which I felt […]

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Dec 02

My #edcmooc digital artifact

First of all, let me start by putting it out there that both “artifact” and “artefact” are acceptable forms of the word. As someone who lives in the USA, it seems like “artifact” is the most common form we use, and will stick to it for this whole post.

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Dec 02

#edcmooc Psychological Posthumanism

The many definitions of “posthumanism” are a bit challenging to work with when trying to relate them to educational strategies..  Unrelated to the idea of “enhanced humans” through one means or another, the Badmington paper refers to Freud witnessing “…the waning of humanism… Continue reading

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Dec 02

EDC MOOC assignment – the end of things #edcmooc

This is my final post and final assignment for EDC MOOC. The final visual product is here, the title is

5 Rules for being human in a MOOC

If you haven’t just clicked on the Prezi above then you may want to read this explanation. The idea and text for the assignment is based on this blog, if you want to you can read past posts, but it isn’t essential. Continue reading

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Nov 30

End of Course Reflections #edcmooc

After four weeks of reading, watching, listening, blogging, tweeting, commenting, learning and all round enjoyment I want to get my thoughts in order to start creating my artefact. So with gut instinct I quickly entered all the words that came to mind into Wordle and now I think I am more panicked than before I started but hopefully it will start to clarify in the next couple of days.

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Nov 30

Things to come: Epiphanies? (Op-ed) #EDCMOOC

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Introduction
In this post I’d like to address what is lost and what is gained through online learning. Although I wrote the opinion with reference to Massive Online Open Courses, which are huge distance learning programs taught mostly by video lecture, that rely heavily on the idea of the “flipped classroom” and students making connections between readings and educational themes in their own time using peer assessment evaluations and discussion fora, I think the ideas expressed here could apply to any social learning environment.

This includes online iterations of church and other forms of horizontal open religious expression, like blog replies and twitter posts, and other goal motivated social arenas such as online gaming platforms.

Community goals
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Nov 29

E-Learning and Digital Culture. #edcmooc

       “Digital learning in transition” course at North Carolina MOOCS, intrigued me by a new concept of transformation to the concept of changing many approaches of work and studying to use of technology and I was very interested to continue discussing about these ideas through the course “E-learning and Digital cultures” at the University of Edinburgh.
This course fully attracted my attention and thoughts during wonderful five weeks through communication on-line and discussion the topics about Technology in the past, in the future, the role of Humanity and Post humanism. Following this chronological timeline from an ancient time to the future, I was shocked that technology influences our life in the modern world  tremendously and  our work and studying depends in this years on computers, Internet, mobile phone, satellite, e-library, and e-learning. Continue reading
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Thinking about humanity #edcmooc

On the course E-learning and Digital Cultures we discuss a lot about the humanity and what is it to be a human. We read texts and watched videos and now I see my position starts to be not so firm..

It’s well known that human is someone belonging to socium and having arrangements, conceptions and so on common for all humans. But the question (my question) is if human must be a biological individuum or not? Neil Badmington’s discourse involves ideas that humans are those who have souls and have relation to the conception of life. But at this point we meet other dilemmas associated with transhumanistic ideas, the problem of cybernetic organisms and probably future possibility of saving individual consciousness.

So this is my position: the question of belonging to humans is still open and discussable, but a real human being must have at least 1) individual personality; 2) individual DNA code, even it is saved not in biological data carrier.

In this occasion with some genetic engineering operations we potentially can make from this set a readily nice human being in any conditions enabling )

Some analysis on practical materials is in my blogspot

 

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Nov 29

We got more than a course in edcmooc

This time I want enjoy and share my happy feelings around the edcmooc course. The heading is taken from a YouTube video, which JinShenHuang has implemented as her digital artefact. I think that her message completes my conceptual writings about our course. Peer to peer learning and sharing is the point, and it is well conveyed using visualising and short sentences. Jin’s video goes from heart to heart, thanks. And thanks to our technical miracle Andy Mitchell, who tweeted that source (and many others). I’ll embed the video to the end of this post.

My second thanks goes to Ping LW from New Zealand, who shares her image (from our Flickr competition) with Creative Commons, so I could choose her image to be the header of this blog. The next two weeks we will be enjoying images and digital artefacts in edcmooc. Not bad at all :)

 

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Nov 29

Destruction of individuality in “Evangelion” #edcmooc

The_End_of_Evangelion_23It is 2015. An organization called NERV, dependent on the UN, protects citizens of Tokyo-3 from the attacks by a strange beings called “Angels”; to combat these creatures, NERV developed a biomechanical giants called Decisive Combat Weapon of General Purpose Human-Artificial Evangelion (EVA, for short), which can only be piloted by teenagers.

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Nov 28

A MESSAGE FOR ALL OF HUMANITY Charlie Chaplin #edcmooc

This is a powerful and inspirational message of what humanities potentials could be if they only knew they were loved.  I found myself taken aback, and thought of the e-learning and digital cultures course in so many ways. Clearly that what started out as a very dystopian view, has become the phenomenon of absolute utopia in which we are able to live as an entire species, and it is my hope that we understand that we are the link between our organic environments and our technological advancements. Continue reading

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Nov 28

They’re made out of meat #edcmooc

They’re Made out of Meat:

This dark, film noir, short tackles the subject of an alien culture which comes to our planet in order to discover more about us…. only to find out that ‘we’ are meat!!!

The irony obviously lies in the fact that the Machine-Alien-Culture questions our ability to communicate based on our being, not on our abilities. Continue reading

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Nov 28

World Builder #edcmooc

World Builder - “I think therefore I am” – Rene Descartes

While watching this short this humanistic slogan kept running through my mind. Who’s reality is this? If the man has created this entire world, why wouldn’t he be able to create the woman too? Continue reading

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Nov 28

Being human in today’s digital age #edcmooc

To be human in any era means we have values and moral responsibility to create, imagine and evolve. Being human we also take responsibility to differentiate between good and evil (utopia or dystopia). It has always been and remains to be human duty to choose actions that correspond to our values and deliver good to the fellow beings and creatures. Continue reading

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Nov 28

Exciting models of democracy like…#edcmooc

In reference to the question of whether Google is making us stupid, I note firstly the deterministic implications of the phrase and move quickly to Plato and Phaedra and writing and memory and all of that sort of thing.  Now I am no scholar of Plato or philosophy, so don’t hesitate to contradict me, this is just musing (happily without the muses) but Plato saw writing as limiting because the written word could not ‘teach the truth’ and I think that this is really relevant, both to this discussion and to how the wider questions about determinism and humanism raised in this course relate to education.  As i see it Plato was not concerned on the influence on writing on the individual, but on more social/political implications. Continue reading

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Nov 27

Hey ! Let’s Meat Up ! #edcmooc

The piece of meat that makes up my brain must be teeming with life of some kind in order to provoke these reactions in me that I am now sharing with you here. Who am I and what am I made of is the question that has been troubling me ever since I watched this […]

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Nov 27

Robbie #edcmooc

Day 23

The first of this week’s films is a thought-provoking account of the ‘dying thoughts’ of a self-aware robot. Robbie estimates that he has been floating in space for 6000 years. Continue reading

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The Spinning Coin #edcmooc

The battle royale between Utopia and Dystopia has been raging for centuries, but what is surprising is that neither side seems to be winning or losing. And at the same time, it also symbolizes the age-old co-existence of opposites. Something like the good co-existing with the bad, believers with non-believers, heroes with villains. Continue reading

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Nov 27

Questions about What it is to be Human #edcmooc

I really like the media for week 3, but was actually drawn back to some old movies like “I, Robot” and AI. I would like to focus on thought that came up while I was watching I, Robot for the second time, but this time with all of the questions we have been contemplating within the digital cultures spectrum.  Unbelievable, I didn’t remember the movie at all, which is refreshing. Continue reading

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Nov 27

The Learning Commons Approach #EDCMOOC why MOOC discussion forums are a pot of gold

Reading the forum discussions of my Blended Learning: Personalizing Education for Students Mooc, I encountered one thread that mentioned the “learning commons approach” and referencing it to a link about learning commons (http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/eli7071. Continue reading

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Nov 27

Things to come? (An analysis of the film "New Media") #EDCMooc

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Image of a bridge courtesy of James Barker/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

It's taken me a while to write my response because I found this film a tiny bit depressing. If you read my article I hope I leave you feeling positive! Apparently the destructive metaphors we use to describe technology are pervasive and interlock with more complementary and "progressive" ideologies about digitization, that it brings Enlightenment etc., so please don't conclude I'm a techno-phobe as nothing could be further from the truth!

I've written an op-ed style counter opinion to this piece which will appear later this week. I present to you "New Media", a short film representing digital culture provocatively. I've been liberal in the scope of my answer to the questions below. If you're lost, it may help to refer back to my…

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Video: Avatar Days #edcmooc

What does the final section of this film in particular reveal about the relationship between player and avatar, between the human and the simulation? What versions of the human are opened up here, and which are closed down?

The end is very surprising. Along the film the roles are inverted, avatars live like humans, occupying the same spaces, doing the same things as humans and humans are so  used to them that they don’t seem to notice or to be surprised.

In my opinion the film illustrates how avatars (symbolizing technology and a kind of second personality) are present in our lives. The different approach of the film is that they are in the same social position as humans. When I watched the end I felt very surprised because I noticed that the avatars were the representation of humans, each person’s avatar. Instead of being restricted to the computer and virtual world, they were exposed in real life.


I just imagine if such situation could really ever happen and how it would reveal each of  us since our avatars are a relevant representation of our personalities, wishes, dreams, ideology and character. As representation of our step and virtual self. 

For me, one themessages of this film is that avatars (and technology) will be more and more present in our world, in our lives to the point that virtual will mix up with real, as it already happens to many technologically influenced people.
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Video: Robbie – A Short Film By Neil Harvey #edcmooc

Robbie – A Short Film By Neil Harvey from Neil Harvey on Vimeo.

In particular, you might want to think about the final scene of the movie in which another core sci-fi fantasy – memory backup – is drawn on. What does this notion say about the nature of mind, memory and learning, and the ways in which technological mediation is positioned in relation to it?

The film brings a special and “grounded” foresee of our near future. We know how difficult and inaccurate is trying to predict the future nowadays, but the film, in my opinion, is quite realistic in terms of what might happen within the following decades.

Concerning the human and emotional characteristics of the robot, I do think that it’s possible to be achieved, but such characteristics must be programed and input, I really cannot believe that a robot may feel since it’s doesn’t have human biological structure.


I think that robots can ‘think’, but in different way of humans, but in a programmed and mechanical way. I really don’t know If someday in the future we will have enough technology to input biological human thinking into robots, providing them with human-like capacity to choose, feel and even memory. If it happens, I do hope that it can create good results and not Frankensteins.
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Nov 27

Video: Gumdrop #edcmooc

She’s so cute! Just like in ‘Avatar Days’ film, the robot occupies  human role and presents human-like feelings, behavior and even insecurity. A point that I’d like to highlight is the language domain, the robot sounds like a proficient speaker and was able to change her accent when reading the script.

I guess one of the messages of the film is to show  how close we are from the time when robots will be part of our lives as other humans do, occupying the same social status and role of humans.
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Nov 26

World Builder – A “Touchy” Issue #edcmooc

My imagination was set afire after watching this video and I was sorely tempted to write another satire on this one as well, but considering that I have been travelling for work most of this week and have a lot of catching up to do with this week’s resources, I shall spare you, my dear […]

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Nov 26

The marshmallow test, Mark 2! #edcmooc

Interesting link to a new take on the marshmallow test. What happens when the “impatient” kid is just someone who’s been lied to before and sin’t gonna let it happen again…
The relationship between previous experience and the “marshmallow test” from week 1
https://rochester. Continue reading

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Nov 26

#edcmooc – Week 3: Reasserting the human

Week 3: Reasserting the human


I was travelling and without Internet, so the delay in this post… but here are my week 3 considerations:


The technology challenges own notion of human being. Humanistic ideas such as equality, freedom and autonomy – that define some of our ways of understanding human nature – are not quite so clear criteria when technology becomes part of our routine and can, for example, extend and simulate human interactions.
The humanist project until now has not been reached, the idea of ​​gender equality, race and class – that seems to distance himself with the spread of technology – also helps to undermine the foundations of the idea of ​​human being. Continue reading

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Nov 26

#edcmooc – Week 4: Redifining the human

Week 4: Redifining the human

Again, the boundary between man and machine is questioned this week. In one video, a robot is able to experience loneliness, happiness, faith and friendship, leaving us to question: what makes it not human?
In other words, if the humanistic principles of autonomy, rationality, self-awareness, responsibility, etc. Continue reading
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Nov 26

#edcmooc WEEK 3 VIDEOS

It is amazing when I watch a new video, the way I feel: I have nothing to say about it… It takes time, a while, and then I start writing and lots of ideas come to my mind. Maybe it is not the way it should be, who knows, maybe I do not have an important background to give my opinon about a specific topic, but I finally do. Continue reading
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Nov 26

The Human Element #edcmooc

This article on our list, Perspectives on Education, encourages the use of video in online courses, but specifically video of the teachers themselves in order to retain higher numbers of students. One of the main reasons stated is:

But communicating solely via text is also alienating, says Hersh. Weighing the theoretical advantages of purely textual discourse against the demonstrated engagement benefits of presence-oriented teaching, the latter wins, he says.

On the whole I agree with the article and indeed professionally we incorporate video of the instructor for the first slide of a recorded lecture to provide the student with a ‘human’ to connect with and then let the remaining slides flow with audio only to keep the file size to a minimum. However, I disagree with the premise that ‘communicating solely via text is also alienating’ in that I believe it is how you use text that can be engaging or alienating.

If I were to enroll today on an online course only to find that the entire teaching content consisted of Word or PowerPoint documents I would not even make it through to tomorrow. If on the other hand I discovered that the content was provided around blogs, tweets, discussion threads in addition to the Word and PowerPoint files I would be much more likely to stick it out to the end. For me, the method of the textual communication is the important element, if a human is speaking to me directly as in a blog I will engage with that content but if it is a lengthy article written in the third person then I am much more likely to drift off.

I want the instructor to speak to me as a fellow human, whether that is via video, text, image, discussion, podcast or a mixture of these I honestly don’t mind.

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Nov 25

Digital Education: a good dream or a nightmare? #edcmooc

I was actually setting up myself to sketch my imagination about a metaphor to digital education to participate in image competition.  However my limited skills in arts and sketch did not help me draw what I thought of.  Therefore, I would like to express the metaphor in words. Continue reading

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Nov 25

Day 20 – Evolution/Creation Why Not Both? #edcmooc

I have found this week’s topic the most interesting yet, and also the hardest to put my thoughts into words.  In Steve Fuller’s lecture, Humanity 2.0, his “jumping off point” for his whole theory about the non-humanity of mankind is that we are really not that different from apes. Continue reading

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Nov 25

Day 21 – What is a Human? #edcmooc

As week 3 draws to a close, I realize we have only one week of content left and then a mad dash to finish up our artifacts and *poof* no more EDCmooc! I find it hard to remember LBM (life before MOOC).  But as that is still many a sleepless night away, I will defer further reflection on that topic. Continue reading

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Nov 25

InBox as utopian view of technology #edcmooc

InBox is a light, enjoyable and positive film, which to me is by all means a projection of utopian vision of the role of technology in people’s lives. 
Did you notice that the two red boxes were connected when we saw them first time in the shop, so as designed in such a way as to be linked? Those beautiful boxes present a bright metaphor for modern communications technology, which brings magic into the life of lonely people, like Priya, who buys a cuddly toy to replace a friend but rejects any attentions and turns down every opportunity to engage in a face-to-face communication, and Karthi, who is jealous of people in relationship but is way too shy and unconfident to initiate a conversation. Continue reading
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Nov 25

From the history of technological development in "Bendito Machine III" to the fatal side-effects in the grim future in "New Media" – dystopian films compared #edcmooc

“New Media” draws a picture of a very grim future indeed and its many fetures remind of “Bendito Machine III”. It feels like the first film is a logical continuation of  the second one: whilst “Bendito Machine” presents the stages of technological development and stresses out its destructive side-effects (read one of my previous posts), “New Media” is an insight into the grim future of humanity when fatal effects of technology reach their culmination (watch on Vimeo). When comparing the two films, I noticed that even if there are any differences in the presentation of their main points, it is only to show that the choices still available to humans during the stages of technological progression are disabled when technology reaches the highest level of its development. Continue reading
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Nov 25

Week one Commentary on technological determinism and various other determinisms and considerations of ownership and control @edcmooc

Week one Commentary on technological determinism and various other determinisms and   considerations of ownership and control.

We were asked to home in on questions of ownership and control with regards to how the internet technology/ technology  is controlling/ being controlled. Continue reading

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Nov 23

4 features of strong technological determinism spotted in Bendito Machine III video #edcmooc

Through the film “Bendito Machine III”, the creator (Jossie Malis) expresses own vision of the relationship between the technology and society, and to me her perspective appears to be that of strong technological determinism, that is to say that in this short movie emergence of new technology is presented as the sole condition determining social organisation and development of the little community featured in the film. I would also suggest that there are noticeable features supporting the concerns of technological non-neutrality, technological imperative, technological animism and technoevolutionism.


 

What is the film suggesting are the ecological and social implications of an obsession or fixation on technology? Continue reading
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Nov 22

#EDCMOOC Week 2 activities and reflections – a work in progress.

Have jumped into week 2 welcome video and resources to continue my MOOC journey.  I will make a point of connecting with twitter, discussion forums and blogs to get some other learner perspectives this week

 
Explore these blogs for metaphor descriptions and other erudite comments… thanks for sharing:)
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Nov 22

I love #edcmooc

News:

Sebastian Thrun, godfather of the massive open online course, has quietly spread a plastic tarp on the floor, nudged his most famous educational invention into the center, and is about to pull the trigger. Thrun—former Stanford superprofessor, Silicon Valley demigod, and now CEO of online-course purveyor Udacity—just admitted to Fast Company’s openly smitten Max Chafkin that his company’s courses are often a “lousy product. Continue reading

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Nov 22

“…archived in the province of Media…”#edcmooc / #edcmoocw3 – Sunset Observer #22 …by Whitney Farmer – Un Pop Culture | @MDWorld

20131118_234247That’s what he said.

He being Ezra – whose Twitter profile would describe as ‘Royal Scribe from Babylon’ – when he wrote about Cyrus’ decree that silenced the critics and authorized the rebuilding of the wall in Jerusalem.

The new ruler Darius had received a letter from Tattenai – the governor of the occupying forces who had been part of a plan to delay work for 14 years in the region – questioning whether permission had been granted. This caused Darius to commission a search of the library of the treasure city of Ecbatana to see if the ruler who had preceded him had issued a royal decree. Ecbatana was the capital of Media.

Cyrus had decreed it, and Darius found it. And it was the type of document that carried both full provision for the project as well as severe consequences for anyone who attempted to interfere with the work.

When I as wee lass first read this passage years ago, I was struck by the power of Media. In this place, the thoughts and intentions of a king long dead could change the current landscape. Confusion departed and provision arrived. In this space, the past and present collide and become the future.

For us who live in this millennium, the province of Media has become a virtual reality but no less powerful. It is a place where visions are written down so that the heralds can run with them. It’s where we can make a living and a space where we might even find love.

What has changed except the appearance? An archive is library is a hardrive is cloud file sharing. The individual ‘we’ that comes from the words that we use to express our histories and visions is aggregated into the face of a land and a civilization and a species. Even ‘broadcasting’ is an ancient technology. This is an agricultural method used since humanity decided that a land was green and that we were tired of foraging. Farmers would cast the seed broadly – broadcasting – in order to create the potential for a great harvest without the tender seedlings having to compete for light and nutrition from being too near together in the soil.

Broadcasting through the Media in a MOOC or other virtual venue creates massive change, but this change is the result of the individual scaled efforts of the seed that lands well. Like an impressionistic painting, from a distance a form is evident. Within a hands-breadth view, the surprising colors and efforts that have made up the whole become visible and the global effect is invisible. Individual efforts are distinct and valuable both because of how they contribute to the whole as well as the manifestation of the single vision.

My words are archived. Our words are archived. It is worth a sober contemplation. Our shared temptation to fall off the Grid raises up against us when we accidently hit ‘reply all’ or dumb-text or commit a cultural offense via typo. But the greater risk is not participating actively in the archive. ‘Never forget” is an anthem that requires accurate accounting to combat the hearsay of our individual Tattenai(s) that allowed building to be stopped for 14 years.

So my library includes Star Trek and the Bible, remedial manuals and bilingual poetry, math and love. You want to use that against me?

I hereby issue a royal decree: Rather than harm, my words will bless.

P.S. I’m now on Twitter. farmer_whitney. And Flickr. Finally. Yes, you were right.

NEXT TIME: Raising All Boats…

Pic of part of my library, my #edcmoocw3 project submission for #edcmooc, from my cell phone.

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Nov 22

Video: Heart to Heart #edcmooc

What aspects of ‘the human’ do you see as being ‘re-asserted’ here? Can you link this clip with the notion of ‘the illusion of non-mediation’ referenced in the Kolowich article we are also looking at?

It’s interesting that they claim “real communication” as being via  telephone when many would categorize as being face to face. They also show human’s need to communicate and even try to convince that telephone would be more effective and “human’ than the other medium…in my opinion such approach is worthless once I personally give credit to any communication tools or gadgets that may the the best option under one’s circumstances, limitation or choices
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Nov 22

Film: Toyota GT86: the ‘real deal’ advert #edcmooc

The opposition created here is between digital technology as ‘unreal’ and de-humanizing and the natural world as authentic and living; how does this opposition continue to be played out in popular discussions about technology-mediated education?
I guess one of the problems is to approach both as if they are separated and not mixed, as they really are. Although many people insist on saying that technology-mediated education has a lot of drawback, people should focus their studies on how to optimize technology-mediated education in our modern context aware that it’s impossible to separate them.

People still keep choosing one side of the issue  when they should accept that it’s possible to make a very effective use of traditional (real-life) and technological (virtual) education. I  think there’s space, interest, and most of all, acceptance for both.
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Nov 22

Pedagogical principles of MOOCs

Last week we studied the future of digital life and learning in our edcmooc course. One of the recommended articles was Bonnie Stewart’s Massiveness + Openness = New Literacies of Participation? in JOLT. There has been a lot of discussion around different MOOCs after the birth of xMOOCs in 2011. I want to contribute to this discussion using a presentation of Lourdes Guardia. She is professor and researcher of the eLearn Center (Center of Research, Innovation and Training in e-learning) at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC). Her presentation was broadcasted online to Turku, Finland and the link is found in this program. I appreciate her researcher attitude because I was tired of hearing about competitions between c and xMOOCs.

The areas of research in which Guardia is focused on are the techno-pedagogical design or instructional design, the educational technology and the didactics, the e-portfolio, and the development of models based on the use of the ICT (e-learning). She has been working in all them participating and coordinating different projects of research and of innovation, at national and international level. She has published different articles, papers and chapters of books about techno-pedagogical design and the use of the ICT. Nowadays she’s participating in projects of research and of innovation about techno-pedagogical design, personalization of the learning processes, e-portfolios and the evaluation of the learning process.

In this slide you can see how Lourdes Guardia presented the long history of online learning. I think our orientation in edcmooc is similar.

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What happened to learning during this long history? What improves and prevents or even obstructs learning? MOOCs are quite new, in 2008 began the connectivist movement and in 2011 the x MOOCs . I participated in CCK08 and my many studies are described in this blog. I’ve tried to assess my learning, beginning from practicing English – my first challenge. The factors affecting behind learning are changing but it is not easy to analyse how  and when learning becomes better or worse.

I didn’t know this situation in Europe : Spain offers more MOOCs than other countries. UK, of course, offers many :)

europaThe growth in the number of courses has been rapid. The quantities are always easy to measure but the quality would be more important to know. What is the best pedagogy of MOOCs ?

Lourdes Guardia presented her (and many research groups’) findings as pedagogical principles. These are defined in the following picture:
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I agreed with these principles in the online session and I suppose that most of these principles are included in the edcmooc design.

We had a Hangout last Friday and some creative innovations were thrown in the air. We decided to crowdsource the subtitle to our meeting and the content. The recording is available but writing a transcript jointly is an interesting experiment. It follows the principles of empowerment, collaborative learning, social networking, peer assistance, media-technology-enhanced learning.

We also gathered photos about the global classroom. Some people took the photo about computers, I thought that myself must be included in the photo. Someone had a baby in her arms. I liked that idea of global environment. I am waiting for the crowdsourced content. I feel that participating in it requires better English than I have. How can we move from the transcriptions to summaries? Is it the test of quality in collaboration? The language skills restrict many participants’  writing – or I should try anyway, to test how the automatic writer works. I have never tried such a thing earlier. Edcmooc = to do many new things.

Do we agree with Lourdes Guardia’s conclusions? Deep pedagogical debate: is it going on in edcmooc ? We make history.

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EDIT 21.11. the first year of xMOOC was autumn 2011 (not in 2010 as I said) and later in 2012 there were more xMOOCs.

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